According to THR, the former Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande will be feted at the May 8 industry awards luncheon. Ariana will receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Music Business Association, formerly NARM and digitalmusic.org, will present the award to recognize Grande’s achievements over the past year, including a No. 1 debut on the Billboard charts with her first album, Yours Truly, and a double-platinum, Top 10 single with ‘The Way,’ featuring rapper Mac Miller.
‘Ariana is a multitalented entertainer, commanding both the microphone and the camera in her dual careers as a musician and actress. While Nickelodeon fans have known her for years from her roles on hit TV shows Victorious and Sam & Cat, she exploded into the music world this year with her stunning debut album. Our recognition just underscores her potential for even greater success in the years ahead.’
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Ariana: ‘Music has always been my first love, so receiving this award is a true honor for me. I’ve been pursuing a career as a singer since I was eight, and it’s a great feeling to know that the industry has embraced me with open arms. I’d like to thank everyone at Music Biz and, of course, my fans, and I can’t wait to get back in the studio and do this all over again!’
Music Biz 2014 is set to run May 6-8 in Los Angeles. The Awards Luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award to Dee Snider, frontman of classic heavy metal band Twisted Sister, for his charitable work.