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Ariana Grande NRG Stadium, March 17

Little Cat Valentine is all grown up, figuratively speaking. Ariana Grande, the former Nickelodeon TV star turned pop diva, is still all of 5 feet tall, but she's becoming an increasingly big figure in the pop-music landscape, while only courting some of the tabloid drama that surrounds similar stars. While she's probably never going to chop all her hair off and become a twerk queen, the stories about her being carried around like a baby or that she wants her fans to die are kind of weird, true or not.

It's enough to forget that she has some real solid pop gems to her name, including her collaborations with Zedd ("Break Free") and The Weeknd ("Love Me Harder"). Will her voice be enough to fill NRG Stadium? Either way, it's set to be one of the most talked-about shows of rodeo season. CORY GARCIA

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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