Ariana Grande: THG Celebrity of the Year #10!

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We are happy to announce that it's that time of year, THGers.

The time to unveil the finalists for, and eventually the winner of, The Hollywood Gossip's prestigious, arbitrary, 8th Annual Celebrity of the Year honor, that is.

Between now and the end of 2014, we will be counting down the 10 stars who provided us with the year's best moments, stories, scandals and entertainment value.

Today we kick off this fun, annual countdown tradition with ...

Celebrity of the Year Finalist #10, Ariana Grande!

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Plenty of people knew who Ariana was prior to this year.

A talented actress and singer, she starred on Victorious and Sam & Cat for Nickelodeon, and had already begun to establish her burgeoning music career.

Nowadays, however, she's bordering on household name status. Or at least mononym status. Like Mariah, to whom she's often compared, here's only one Ariana!

Not just because of her hit songs and vocal stylings - as outstanding as they might be - either. Grande has become a bona fide celebrity gossip staple.

Every month, the Grande fascination grows on the web.

Between her relationship with frequently collaborator Big Sean to those persistent, pesky fake nudes that keep surfacing to the Ariana Grande diva rumors ...

Let's just say we never run out of material here at THG!

She clearly had no "Problem" making hit songs in 2014.

While the petite Floridian earned her plenty of credit with previous hits "The Way" and "Baby I," it was the pop hit featuring Iggy Azalea that took her to the next level.

Since then, she has not looked back. Her album, My Everything, has been one of the year's top sellers, and there's no sign it will "Break Free" of that designation.

See what we did there? No? Either way, we love us some Ariana, in spite (or maybe because) of the fact that she makes people carry her like a baby when she's tired.

Those diva rumors we talked about? At least partially legit.

She's also pretty cute. Doesn't hurt. Click to enlarge many more Ariana Grande photos above and see why plenty of guys are pretty jealous of Big Sean.

And for a little background on this rising star, click here:

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