Ariana Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993), known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American recording artist and actress. Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, she attended North Broward Preparatory School and began her career singing at sporting events and with symphonies around her native Florida. She appeared in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious in 2009. After the show ended, she received her own spinoff, Sam & Cat, along with iCarly actress Jennette McCurdy. As she kept herself busy with television, Grande began to pursue a musical career, making her first appearance on the soundtrack, Music from Victorious (2011), which led to a recording contract with Republic Records.