Ariana Grande's Rodeo Debut Is Just Plain Weird

Ariana Grande NRG Stadium March 17, 2015

Ariana Grande has a great voice. Add to that some well-produced pop songs with some talented collaborators, and it's not exactly a mystery as to why she's so popular. Judging by the crowd at NRG Stadium Tuesday night, people freaking love Ariana Grande. Now that that is out of the way...

What's worse: a bad show or a mundane one? This is a hard question to answer, because there are arguments for both. And it's worth considering here, at the start, because Grande herself did not put on a bad show. There were things about how that show was put on that were bad, but she herself was, at worst, OK.

This is not an attempt to damn with faint praise. There was never a moment when Grande was onstage where you would think, "this sucks." But is that enough to make a show good?

And when you're this insanely popular, does a good or bad show even matter?

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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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