Rising R&B/pop star Ariana Grande chats about her Italian upbringing, how she feels about the Mariah Carey comparisons and more in her cover story from Complex magazine’s December 2013/January 2014 issue.
Thanks to photographer Gavin Bond’s film-noir style, we get to see the sultry side of the 20-year-old songstress in her 1940s gangster-inspired shoot with the mag. Having made her acting debut on Broadway, she’s come a long way. Though she’s known for her soft-spoken, ditzy characters from her featured spots on Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Sam & Cat, she’s now breaking out of that shell to introduce the world to the real Ariana: a sweet girl who’s vocals pack a serious punch. And being managed by Scooter Braun–who is the brains behind the success of teen icons like Justin Beiber, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction–and having some Billboard bangers at the top of the charts, it’s clear that Ariana is definitely making big girl moves.
The singer speaks candidly about growing up Italian: “My family was the stereotypical poker-playing, loud, friendly, food-shoving, loving, Italian family.”
When asked if she gets annoyed by being compared to Mariah Carey, she responds: “At first impression I think it’s an obvious comparison to draw because of the range and style of throwback R&B. But as you listen to the whole album, Yours Truly, you get to know my sound. You get to know Ariana. If I complained about being compared to the greatest vocalist who ever lived, I would be a very dumb, ungrateful person. So I can’t complain. It’s a massive compliment.”
The December 2013/January 2014 issue of Complex will hit newsstands in a few weeks, but you can check out the full interview here now!
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