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10 Things you didn't know about Ariana Grande

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Pop's new princess

Nickelodeon star and pop darling Ariana Grande is poised to cap off her monumental year with a Top New Artist win at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. To celebrate her nomination, we dug up a few interesting facts about the 20-year-old talent.

1. She had a supernatural experience

While in Kansas City for a performance, Grande and her band decided to go to Stull Cemetery, which is considered in some circles as one of the seven gates to Hell on Earth. There, she had what she described to Complex as a demonic experience. After feeling "sick" and seeing "signs" of demonic presence, Grande "took a picture and there are three super-distinct faces in the picture — they're faces of textbook demons." Before she deleted the pictures, she heard strange noises and whispers and even saw a black mass in her bedroom at night.

2. She's more Streisand than Cyrus

Unlike her hypersexual pop music peer, Miley Cyrus, Grande favors being a bit more demure. "I like Barbra Streisand, and when was the last time you saw Babs getting, like, turnt up? That's kind of the road that I, as a lady, would like to go down," she told Cosmopolitan. She has openly admitted she's "not comfortable enough to be forwardly sexual."

3. She's "obsessed" with Harry Potter

Actually, Grande is admittedly "a big nerd." Of her hobbies outside of music, the starlet told Complex, "I love Lord of the Rings. I love Harry Potter. I love scary movies. I love dinosaurs, science, aliens, ghosts." She considers herself an old soul, noting that ideal evenings for her involve hanging out in her PJs, singing and watching Harry Potter. Unlike her friends who are partyers, Grande "never really clicked with that."

4. Her nonna taught her how to deal with haters

Like most young celebrities, Grande often has to endure taunts from detractors, particularly on Twitter. "Oh, they're evil as hell!" she laughed in an interview with Cosmopolitan. But she doesn't let it get her down, thanks to some advice she got from her grandmother. "I said, 'Nonna, how do you deal with the jealous ladies at the home where you live?' And she said, 'I don't blame them. I'd be jealous too.'"

5. She's a reformed Italian eater

Coming from a "stereotypical poker-playing, loud, friendly, food-shoving, loving Italian family," Grande consumed more than her fair share of carbs growing up, but not anymore. "When I was a kid, I was raised to believe a bowl of pasta was healthy and good for you," she explained. "Then I was like, 'Wow, I've been killing myself all these years.'" Now, she says, she only eats "salmon, vegetables and fruits — super-healthy."

6. She's got Miley's back

She may not have much in common with Cyrus personally or professionally, but that doesn't mean she agrees with all of the Miley backlash. "Miley looks like she is having the time of her life, and I think anybody who's giving her a hard time is wishing deep down they were having as much fun as she is right now," Grande said. "People are being so cruel. I think that's bullying, and she should do whatever the hell she wants."

7. There's a method to her social media madness

Grande is known as a social media maven, often interacting with her fans through Twitter and Instagram. But the pop star has certain rules when it comes to these outlets. A major don't? "Not too many selfies," she told Glamour. "Space them out — you have to wait a few days in between selfies." She does, however, encourage making your Instagram "look cohesive" and "clean and precise."

8. Her musical inspirations span about six decades

Grande definitely counts some contemporary artists among her musical role models — like India.Arie, Imogen Heap and Frank Ocean — but much of her inspiration also comes from decades past. "My favorite era was the '50s and '60s… the Chiffons, the Shangri-Las," she revealed to The Guardian. "My grandparents played it and I fell in love with it, because it was more about romance and love, and less about getting drunk and going home with someone you don't know."

9. Justin Bieber's manager hooked her up with her ex-boyfriend

Grande is totally open with her fans, so she didn't have any qualms about revealing her relationship with Nathan Sykes of The Wanted via social media. But how did she meet the boy band cutie who, despite being broken up, still holds her in high regard? They met when Sykes was "headhunted" by Scooter Braun — Grande's manager who is, perhaps, most famously the manager responsible for Justin Bieber.

10. Her domesticity was not inherited

Grande, who loves baking and gardening, says she definitely didn't get her homemaker traits from her mother. "My mom is a CEO and owns a company that manufactures communications equipment for the Marines and the Navy, so she's not really the housewife type, if you get what I'm saying. She's the most bada**, independent woman you'll ever meet — not the cookies-in-the-oven type."

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