Ariana Grande Covers Complex, Talks Mariah Carey Comparisons

Ariana Grande covers COMPLEX

After enjoying success as a Nickelodeon tee star, Ariana Grande has broken into the pop music scene with hits, including “The Way” with Mac Miller.¬†At just 20 years old, the teen singer has a bright future, which lands her on the December 2013/January 2014 cover of Complex.

Check out some of the photos from the shoot by Gavin Bond, where she channels her inner-mobster.

Then, head over to to read the coverstory, where Ariana discusses her debut album, Yours Truly; growing up in Boca Raton, Florida, as a typical loud Italian family; and comparisons to Mariah Carey.

“At first impression I think it’s an obvious comparison to draw because of the range and style of throwback R&B,” Ariana says of Mariah. “But as you listen to the whole album, Yours Truly, you get to know my sound. You get to know Ariana. If I complained about being compared to the greatest vocalist who ever lived, I would be a very dumb, ungrateful person. So I can’t complain. It’s a massive compliment.

“[Mariah Carey’s] voice is something that’s untouched: her range, her control, and her ability. I take it as a compliment but I’m very excited when people listen to my whole album and get to know my sound.”

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