Ariana Grande’s Amazing Transformation Will Have You Shooting Rockets From Your Boobs

She went from sugary sweet to can't-be-beat in just 12 months.

We all know Ariana Grande has come a long way since the days when she acted in local theater — “Victorious,” YouTube stardom, “Sam and Cat,” redhead to brunette, a RECORD DEAL. That’s a lot, but it seems like it’s also been quite a long time since Ariana was an MTV Artist to Watch, performing at the VMA Pre-Show in 2013. However, that was only a year ago.

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Ariana’s accomplished endless milestones in the last year, and we’ve watched her transform from petite pop princess to fierce space warrior in a matter of 12 months. Last year, she was performing at the VMA pre-show; this year, she’s taking on the big stage. So let’s pause to review with a timeline of Ariana’s many phases and intergalactic transformation.

August 25, 2013 — VMA Pre-Show
Ariana channeled a purple figure skater as she busted out an a capella version of “Baby I” before launching into “The Way.” After her VMA Pre-Show performance — which was heavy on the vocals, scant on the dancing — she quivered as she told Sway how glad she was the performance was over.

September 3, 2013 — Yours Truly
Ariana joked with us a little bit before revealing the cover art for her debut. First she teased a pink, lacy lingerie shoot before eventually rolling with a shadowy black-and-white image — a little more mature. The album itself was filled with soulful ’90s R&B with a kick of pop.

November 10, 2013 — MTV Europe Music Awards
Our friends on the other side of the pond got Ariana as their backstage host at the EMA. Not only was she killing it in the States, but she had us swooning overseas, too.

December 7, 2013 – Christmas Kisses
The singer got all warm and cuddly with her holiday EP, continuing the fuzzy earmuff phase from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

March 6, 2014 – She sang at the White House
Singing for the POTUS and FLOTUS is no easy task, and Ariana did it effortlessly and looked beautiful doing it in a long, black gown. Not many artists experience the honor of performing at the White House, and just think: a year before she didn’t even have an album out.

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