NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, ARIANA GRANDE received the honor of "Best New Artist" at the 2013 American Music Awards.
This makes for the platinum-selling singer very first win at the annual ceremony. Moreover, she dazzled the audience with a show-stopping performance, driven by her immense vocal prowess and effusive charm. After an acapella rendition of her double-platinum smash "The Way", doo wop crooners joined her on stage for an enchanting "Tattooed Heart". Her voice immediately transfixed the entire audience in the Nokia Theatre and around the world. The superstar diva the 21st century has been waiting for has landed at the top.
About winning the award, she humbly said on stage, "Oh My God, I'm so nervous. Thank you so much. This is for my fans. I have the most loving, supporting fans in the world and I love them so much. Thank you to the AMAs for nominating me."
Meanwhile, Monte Lipman, Founder and Chairman of REPUBLIC RECORDS responsible for signing Ariana said, "When I first met Ariana, I was blown away by her extraordinary talent, passion for music, and burning competitive spirit. It really comes as no surprise that she would be recognized as 'Best New Artist' for 2013. We are all so proud of her and this historic achievement."
GRANDE is closing out a banner 2013 in style. She just commenced her weekly series of holiday singles, "Christmas Kisses", by dropping her cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" to iTunes and all digital outlets this past week. "Christmas Kisses" continues with two gift-wrapped originals next. On November 26, fans will be treated to "Love Is Everything", while "Snow in California" arrives December 3. Then, a sexy take on the classic "Santa Baby" with her Sam & Cat co-star Liz Gillies rounds out the "Christmas Kisses" series December 10. This provides an appropriate bookend to a landmark year for the artist.
Bringing holiday cheer to the masses, "Last Christmas" will make its live television debut when GRANDE performs it at the legendary 87th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28. That night, she'll be joined by none other than THE ROOTS for a special Thanksgiving performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Then, she's set to really light up the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting with "Love Is Everything" and "Last Christmas" on December 4. Finally on December 31, she's set to ring in the New Year by performing on Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve.
2013 has truly belonged to GRANDE.
GRANDE's album Yours Truly arrived at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It was the first time since January 2010 that a debut record from a female artist topped the chart. Not only did it bow at #1 on the Top 200, in addition, it was the #1 album on iTunes Overall Albums Chart and #1 on the Digital Albums Chart. Already, GRANDE has become a bona fide pop phenomenon. Executive VP of Republic Records Charlie Walk who led the incredible campaign proclaims, "She's simply magnetic. You hear her voice, and you fall in love with her. That's the hallmark of a superstar."
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