Singer Ariana Grande performs at the taping of 'A Very GRAMMY Christmas,' November 18, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The television special will air on December 5, 2014 and the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Jenny Lind 1848. Jenny, known as the "Swedish nightingale" was the most popular singer in America by 1854. As a child she liked to sing to her cat. She was discovered when a servant for the Royal Opera passed by the window and heard her singing to the cat.