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Ariana Grande: 5 Great Covers by the Pop Chameleon

The star taking on Adele, Whitney Houston and more

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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From the Nineties rap samples dotting her albums to her spot-on impressions of Britney Spears and Celine Dion on Saturday Night Live, Ariana Grande has shown herself to be a dedicated student of music. Even while she was still acting on Nickelodeon as a teenager, she shared her musical inclinations with fans by covering favorites on YouTube. Whether expertly mimicking her pop diva influences or displaying her versatility, Ariana Grande has continued to show off her voice with the occasional cover. Here are a few of the best.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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“Guap,” originally by Big Sean

Ariana Grande and Big Sean didn't officially become a couple until 2014. But in 2013, Grande proved that she was a fan when L.A. radio host Big Boy put her on the spot to rap his single "Guap." She stepped up to the task, nailing Sean's hyperactive flow and wacky adlibs.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Ariana Grande performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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“Rolling in the Deep,” originally by Adele

Ariana Grande was working on the second season of Victorious in 2011 when she uploaded an a cappella cover of one of the year's biggest pop hits to YouTube. Nailing the pained catharsis of "Rolling in the Deep" at a time when nobody was expecting such a huge voice to come out of the teen actress was one of the first hints that Ariana Grande would soon be joining Adele in the upper reaches of the Hot 100 on a regular basis.

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