Fierce and fabulous, Ariana Grande is one of the biggest pop artists out there today.
Beginning her career on Broadway, she quickly rose to fame as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious, and her starring role in the spinoff series Sam & Cat.
Following these roles, she launched her musical career in 2013 with her debut album Yours Truly – and topped the Billboard 200 that year with hits like this one:
Since then, she’s released four hit albums, collaborated with artists like Childish Gambino and Pharrell Williams, and earned the respect of Patti LaBelle, Lana Del Rey and Jimmy Fallon. With her powerful singing voice, awesome live performances and her unfailing message of self-love, Ariana has won the hearts of fans around the world.
If you’ve already run through Ariana Grande’s entire discography and want more, here are some other artists that are worth checking out.
No list of musicians like Ariana Grande would be complete without her best friend, singer-songwriter Victoria Monét. Victoria Monét released her debut EP, Nightmares & Lullabies in 2015, and has even collaborated with Ariana Grande on songs like MONOPOLY:
Victoria is a fabulous singer, but she’s more famously known as a songwriter. She’s written songs for every one of Ariana’s albums, and even received two Grammy nominations for her work on Thank U, Next. Aside from her songs for Ariana, Victoria has also written songs for artists like Nas, Fifth Harmony, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Coco Jones, and Janelle Monáe.
Formerly a member of girl group Fifth Harmony, Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello released her debut solo album, Camila, in 2018 and instantly catapulted to stardom.
As one of the new faces of pop music, Camila combines pop and R&B in a similar way to Ariana Grande, while also adding in Latin music inspirations such as reggaetón, hip hop, and dance hall.
Camila Cabello has worked with popular Latino artists such as J. Balvin and Pitbull, but it was this hit with Shawn Mendez that really took her fame to another level:
Like Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez transitioned from TV star to pop stardom (albeit with Nickelodeon’s competitor, Disney). She started her career on Barney and Friends in 2002, before playing Alex Russo in the Emmy award-winning TV show Wizards of Waverly Place. Her musical career started as the frontwoman for pop-rock band, Selena Gomez & The Scene, but she soon broke off to release her first solo album, Stars Dance, in 2013.
With a similar music style to Ariana Grande’s, Selena’s songs are poppy, but feature heavy R&B and EDM influences. Selena has also collaborated with a star-studded lineup, from Zedd to A$AP Rocky and Kygo. However, one of her most successful collaborations to date was this hit with Charlie Puth, which has amassed over two billion views on YouTube:
Across the Pacific Ocean, Dua Lipa’s music has a poppy vibe like Ariana Grande’s—just a little bit darker. Often describing her music as ‘dark pop’, Dua Lipa brings elements of dance music, synth-pop and R&B into her songs, while also singing with her distinctive husky, low-register voice.
Dua Lipa’s hits include One Kiss, a collaboration with Calvin Harris, and Scared to be Lonely with Martin Garrix. However, one of her biggest songs is New Rules, which has already reached over two billion views on YouTube:
One of the biggest artists of 2019, Billie Eilish jumped onto the scene in 2016 after uploading this song on Soundcloud:
However, it’s more likely you know her for this hit:
Billie Eilish found commercial and critical success last year with her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? She topped Billboard 200 as the best-performing album of the year, received five Grammys, two AMAs, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards and one Brit Award—all in one year.
Billie features electro-pop, synth-pop and EDM in her music, much like Ariana Grande, and even says Ariana’s album Thank U, Next got her through some very tough times. However, her vocal style is quite different from Ariana Grande’s: Billie Eilish prefers to sing in a whispery and quiet voice, while Ariana has a huge vocal range and often belts out power ballads.
Also known as Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, Halsey got her start self-releasing music on social media, before signing to Astralwerks in 2014. Following this, she released three albums, all of which incorporate elements of synth-pop, electro-pop, and R&B—just like Ariana Grande.
Halsey, however, has a slightly more indie style and a distinctive singing voice, influenced by Adam Lazzara from Taking Back Sunday and Jesse Lacey from Brand New. Despite her emo influences, Halsey has created universal pop hits, such as this song with The Chainsmokers:
Another singer whose career started on TV, Demi Lovato launched her career in 2002 alongside Selena Gomez on Barney & Friends. Since that time, she’s been hard at work, releasing six studio albums and countless hits, including Give Your Heart a Break, Cool for the Summer, and this classic ballad:
While her music is similar to Ariana Grande’s, Demi Lovato incorporates more rock elements in her music and explores darker themes of vulnerability, self-love, and forgiveness. Like Ariana, she has a huge range and a powerful voice, but with a distinct raspy style.
The only male artist to grace our list, Justin Bieber is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, not to mention one of Ariana Grande’s closest friends. Justin Bieber was originally discovered by a talent agent after uploading cover videos on YouTube, and captured hearts around the world with this song:
He’s grown up a bit since then, and has become one of the world’s best-selling artists with a Grammy, multiple AMAs, Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards under his belt. Similar to Ariana, Justin Bieber’s music is a mix of pop, R&B, and EDM, and include hits such as Sorry, Love Yourself and the summer anthem of 2017, Despacito: