Ariana Grande Fans Celebrate 2 Surprise Announcements, Including ‘AG6,’ on the Same Day

The announcement fans of artist Ariana Grande have been waiting for is finally here. The singer confirmed her upcoming as-yet-untitled sixth album in mid-October 2020, promising a release date to follow shortly. And that wasn’t all that Grande’s fans (known as Arianators) had to celebrate that day.

Ariana Grande began her career as an actor

Ariana Grande in the 'Beware Of Young Girls' episode of SCREAM QUEENS
Ariana Grande in the ‘Beware Of Young Girls’ episode of SCREAM QUEENS| FOX Image Collection via Getty Images

Grande broke out as one of the stars of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious in 2010. After a few years of focusing on the show (and a short-lived spinoff, Sam & Cat), she launched her music career with her debut studio album, Yours Truly, in 2013. Her 2014 album, My Everything, closely followed it.

Grande didn’t abandon acting entirely, however. She returned to TV with a small role in the Fox horror-comedy series, Scream Queens, appearing in the show’s first season. Grande also returned to her theater roots when she starred in NBC’s Hairspray Live! TV special as Penny Pingleton.

She’s focused on music for the last few years

Ariana Grande performs during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019, in Indio, California.
Ariana Grande performs during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 21, 2019, in Indio, California. | Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AG

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Despite proving she can act, Grande’s primary source of income in show business has been her music career. She followed My Everything with 2016’s Dangerous Woman. Then came her back-to-back hit albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next, released within six months of one another in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Amid touring and recording, Grande hasn’t had a lot of time to act. In fact, her TV appearances have been limited to musical performances and award shows. The one exception here is her cameo in a single episode of the Showtime series Kidding — however, her role here, as Piccola Grande, was primarily a singing one.

Grande officially confirms her sixth studio album

After releasing Thank U, Next in February 2019, Grande promised that her next album would be a long time coming. Still, she’s shared little updates whenever she’s recording, enjoying teasing her fans with tiny snippets. Then, in September 2020, Grande posted an intriguing message that convinced Arianators AG6 was near.

Following an interview in which Thank U, Next songwriter Tayla Parx confirmed the album’s existence, the hype increased. Then, on October 14, 2020, Grande tweeted a simple message in her usual lowercase style, writing, “i can’t wait to give u my album this month.” She then liked numerous tweets surrounding the announcement.

She’s set to appear in the Netflix film ‘Don’t Look Up’

As her name began to trend on Twitter, Grande’s fans got another surprise. That same day, Netflix revealed the large ensemble cast for the upcoming Netflix film Don’t Look Up. Grande joins the previously announced Jennifer Lawrence in the comedy from The Big Short filmmaker Adam McKay.

Also part of the “absolutely iconic” cast is even more Academy Award-winners, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Cate Blanchett. Oscar nominees Jonah Hill and Timothée Chalamet have also been announced, as well as Grande’s fellow musician Kid Cudi, Friends actor Matthew Perry, and several other big names.