The "Yours Truly" singer shows love for Whitney Houston, Judy Garland & more.
Last month, Ariana Grande's first studio album, "Yours Truly," scored a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, making the 20-year-old Nickelodeon star just the 15th solo female artist to guide her first full-length to the top of the Billboard 200 in its debut week. "Yours Truly" includes a score of engaging, R&B-inflected tracks such as the Top 10 hit "The Way," but the real takeaway from Grande's debut is the young singer's far-reaching vocal range, which has invited Mariah Carey comparisons and bodes well for her career longevity.
Before Grande became a music star, she drew inspiration from a wide-ranging list of female vocal artists in a variety of genres and time periods. As part of Pop Shop's ongoing "Gimme Five" series, Grande listed the five female artists she most looks up to, and described their personal importance. Check out Ariana's answers below: