Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Ariana grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where she attended North Broward Preparatory School. Grande made her acting debut in 2008 in the role of Charlotte in 13 on Broadway. From 2010 to 2013, she played Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and later reprised the role on the spinoff Sam & Cat. In March 2013, Grande reached mainstream success after "The Way" from her debut studio album Yours Truly became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the RIAA The album received critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. This made Grande the first female artist to have their debut record debut in the peak position since Animal by Kesha in January 2010, and the fifteenth female artist overall.