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Ariana Grande to receive Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award

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Apr 14, 2014 | 3:13pm EDT

Pop singer Ariana Grande is set to receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards. The Way hitmaker will be honoured by officials at the Music Business Association on 8 May (14) during a ceremony in Los Angeles. Grande, who first made a name for herself as a star on Nickelodeon's popular kids' show Victorious, will be feted for her standout achievements as a singer over the past year, including a number one record on the U.S. charts with her debut album, Yours Truly. Grande, 20, expresses her gratitude for the prize in a statement which reads: "Music has always been my first love, so receiving this Award is a true honour 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." Previous recipients of the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award have included Emeli Sande, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Carrie Underwood. Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider will also be honoured at the event for his philanthropic work with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.

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