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Celebrity Birthdays, June 26: Ariana Grande, Jennette McCurdy and Aubrey Plaza

By Marie Blake,

Singer Ariana Grande, and actresses Jennette McCurdy and Aubrey Plaza are all celebrating their birthdays today.

Ariana Grande, 21


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Actress and singer-songwriter Ariana Grande turns 21 today. Grande made her acting debut in 2008, playing the role of Charlotte in the Broadway production 13. From 2010 to 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon series Victorious and later reprised the role on the spin-off series Sam & Cat, alongside Jennette McCurdy.

In March 2013, Grande reached mainstream success after releasing the single "The Way" from her debut studio album, Yours Truly, in 2013. The single became a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum. The album received critical acclaim and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This made Grande the first female artist to have her debut record enter the chart in the top position since Animal by Kesha in 2010. Grande was honored by The Music Business Association in 2014 as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, to recognize Grande's achievements over 2013.

In January 2014, Grande revealed that she is working on her second studio album. The lead single from the album, "Problem," features Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. The track sold 438,000 downloads in its first week, making Grande the youngest woman to debut with more than 400,000 downloads. The song debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 2, and became Grande's second single to debut in the top 10.


 

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