Ariana Grande got her start on a children’s television, but the barely 20-year-old has a bubblegum voice that’s destined for a spotlight much bigger than Nick at Night. Her collaboration with Mac Miller, “The Way,” gave her some quick buzz, but the singer’s chops indicate that the hullabaloo isn’t for nothing. After all, she’s inspired by Mariah Carey and still pocketing fame and fortune from her TV appearances. Since Britney fell off, America’s been waiting for another full-fledged goodie two shoes pop star with an edge—Grande might just be it.
Wed., Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2013