Ariana Grande told Digital Spy comparisons to Mariah Carey are ‘a compliment’. She’s an inspiration, she’s the greatest female vocalist, so it was definitely a compliment. Mariah and Whitney Houston were my goddesses growing up.
We thought it would get to the Top 15 and that that would be a great debut and we’d celebrate. I didn’t expect any of this, and I didn’t expect it to debut at 10 on the Billboard chart either. It was craziness to me.’