You Have To See Ariana Grande's Transformation Over The Years

It's easy to forget that Ariana Grande used to be on a Nickelodeon show. Did you forget? Because I sure did.

Unlike some other contemporary singers, she's managed to totally reinvent herself, almost overnight. And, as she told Billboard in May, “I feel like I’m still just getting started — a lot of people forget I’m only three years in.”

Originally from Boca Raton, FL, Grande started singing in local musicals, like Annie, when she was only 8 years old. Next she starred in the Broadway musical 13, before moving on to play Cat Valentine, a recurring character on two television shows, iCarly in 2009 and then Victorious in 2010.

On Victorious, Grande had a youthful, high-pitched voice — reminiscent of Paris Hilton's — that was often mocked on the show.

She also had a totally different look, with dark-red hair and a flashy wardrobe. But she also had a killer voice and a whole lot of spunk. It was only a matter of time before she would break out on her own. Meanwhile, her impressive impersonations of singers and rappers, from Rick Ross' dancing to Celine Dion's ballads, have been wowing audiences since her early YouTube days.

Grande just released a new album, Dangerous Woman, that sky-rocketed to the top of the charts, and recently appeared on Fox's Scream Queens. On June 26, the singer and actress turns 23, and we decided to revisit her roots — the pre-latex-bunny-eared Grande.

So, let's go down the rabbit hole and take a look inside the magical transformation of Grande's musical career.

In 2005, Grande was just a little girl with a big voice, playing the lead in Annie. She was only 8 years old, but look at that smile and confidence. She was born ready for the stage.
In 2008, Grande performed a song from the musical 13 at just 15 years old.
In 2010, with her popularity rising from her role as Valentine, Grande started sharing a lot of content on YouTube. She often uploaded videos of herself doing spot-on impersonations. She also lived with her older brother, Frankie Grande, who frequently made guest appearances in her videos.
In this interview with, Grande still looks and sounds very different from her current persona.
While this isn't MTV Cribs, Grande, in her cupcake apron, gave a tour of the home she shared with her brother. It used to belong to Francis Ford Coppola, and he held the first screening of The Godfather in what became her bedroom. Very cool.
She raps, too!
In 2013, she wrapped up her role on Victorious and started releasing music of her own. One of the first singles featured rapper Mac Miller, giving us an indication of the genre Grande was leaning toward — a little less pop and a lot more hip-hop.
Grande briefly dated rapper Big Sean and even featured him in her music video "Right There" in October 2013.
Grande performed a song by Whitney Houston, a major inspiration throughout her career, for the president at the White House in March 2014.
In May 2014, Grande released a single with Iggy Azalea that flew to the top of the charts. Azalea had also released "Fancy" a few months earlier, so together they were a dream team of rising music stars.
Grande showed a bit of her electronic side by teaming up with the Russian DJ Zedd in May of 2014 for "Break Free."
In fall 2015, Grande returned to acting. She starred as one of Chanel's numerical minions — Chanel No. 2 — on Fox's Scream Queens.
In May 2016, Grande blew everyone away when she hosted and performed on Saturday Night Live, which is no easy feat. She also broke out those impersonations that first made her popular in a sketch about an intern at Tidal.
Grande's most recent video is a lot more mature than her previous work. It's dark. It's sexy. It's Grande at her finest.