Ariana Grande's Big Bang Rodeo

Girls Night Out: Ariana Grande makes a big bang at first Rodeo; turns NRG into giant dance club

Ariana Grande makes big bang at first Rodeo, turns NRG into dance club

Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande drew a near-record rodeo crowd of more than than 75,000. Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Grande, her DJ and dance crew turned NRG Stadium into a full out club. Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Grande and her crew ended the show with the high-energy "Problem." Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Grande's impressive vocal runs are an interesting contrast to her bouncy, hair flipping persona. Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Grand grooved on "Right There" from her 2013 album Yours Truly with great R&B finesse. Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
No matter the age, it was a Girls Night Out and Grande set the tone early, starting her 14-song set with "Bang Bang," bringing the crowd to its feet.  Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Grande’s signature half-up, half-down high ponytail was in full effect as was her equally-as-famous cat ear headband. Photo by Chinh Phan
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo
Ariana Grande at Houston Rodeo

If you think Ariana Grande is all hair flips, giggles and auto tune, you are very much mistaken. The 21-year-old former Nickelodeon star has some serious pipes, and unlike the pop princess acts of rodeos past, Grande can handle both R&B and pop dance music with ease.

Whatever problems Grande may have, singing is definitely not one of them.

Country music is the cornerstone of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, but Tuesday Grande, her DJ and dance crew turned NRG Stadium into a full-out club. The standing room only crowd of 75,068 circled each floor of the stadium six to seven people deep, and as the lights went down, the decibels went up.

  No matter the age, it was a Girls Night Out and Grande set the tone early, starting her 14-song set with "Bang Bang," bringing the people to their feet.   

No matter the age, it was a Girls Night Out and Grande set the tone early, starting her 14-song set with "Bang Bang," bringing the crowd to its feet. She followed with "Hands On Me," "Break Your Heart Right Back" and "Be My Baby," stopping frequently to ask they crowd how they were doing and to yell, “Let’s go!” in a high-pitched voice.

Grande’s signature half-up, half-down high ponytail was in full effect as was her equally-as-famous cat ear headband. Her flirty sequined dress revealed cutouts at her waist and it looked like she was perfectly comfortable dancing in over-the-knee high heel Louboutin boots.

Her impressive vocal runs are an interesting contrast to her bouncy, hair flipping persona. She grooved on "Right There" from her 2013 album Yours Truly with great R&B finesse that showed why she was among a heady group of women invited to perform at the White House for the Women of Soul concert last spring.

She got massive vocal help from the crowd during "Love Me Harder." The fans clearly waiting for the radio hit and when Grande rolled into "All My Love," lying down on the concert stage, she didn’t skip a beat.

Grande and her crew ended the show with the high-energy "Problem" and from the thumping base to the choreographed dance moves on stage, it was hard to believe that just an hour before the same crowd has been screaming just as loudly for mutton bustin’.

Grande is petite package with a big voice, proving that when it comes to talent, size isn’t everything.

Ariana Grande's Set List

Bang Bang

Hands On Me

Break Your Heart Right Back

Be My Baby

Lovin' It

Right There

The Way

Tattooed Heart

Adore

One Las Time

Love Me Harder

All My Love

Break Free

Problem