Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’

Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’

"A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande, referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom 'Sam & Cat.' That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP, 'My Everything,' this past August, and made Billboard Hot 100 history.
Taylor Swift

Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, '1989,' would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own label," says Swift, recalling the run-up to 1989's October release in the vast living room of her penthouse loft in downtown Manhattan. "But when we got those first-day numbers in, all of a sudden, I didn't look so naive anymore."

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