However, the pronunciation of Ariana Grande‘s last name has never been a mystery to most of us. Identical to the popular Starbuck’s coffee size, we thought we’d nailed it. Well, according to Ariana and her grandfather, apparently not.
In a recent interview with Beats 1, Grande revealed that growing up, her and her family pronounced their last name Grand-ee.
Not Grahn-day, Grand, or Grand-eh. Not any of the names we’ve been calling the singer and actress for her entire career.
“Well my brother kind of changed it to Grahn-day because, like, Grandee was kind of like the Americanised version of it, you know?” Ariana said.
“My brother was like, ‘We should say Grahn-day! It’s fun to say – it’s, like, a funny name,’” she said.
“I grew up saying Grand-ee and I think of my grandpa and I wish I said Grand-ee more.”
Ariana said her grandpa changed the pronunciation of her last name to Grand-ee upon arriving to America from Italy to make it sounds more “chill”.