- Courtesy of Ariana Grande
Bursting into pop music after her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon series Victorious, Ariana Grande is quickly becoming one of the most admired female pop vocalists on the planet, not only because of her voice but also the charming and goofy persona she often lets shine through her TV appearances, like on SNL and most recently NBC’s live broadcast of Hairspray. But the road to stardom hasn’t been all bubble gum and booty shakes. Grande was turned down for a White House gig because of a July 2015 scandal when she licked other people’s donuts and said, “I hate America” in a donut shop in Lake Elsinore, California. The singer/actress says she was trying to make a point about healthy eating, and the controversy didn't exactly tarnish her reputation writ large, as she still remains the fourth most followed person on Instagram and continues to pack arenas across the country. On tour in support of her latest album, Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande’s definitely one of the biggest names to roll through Alamo City this year. $29-$571.50, 7:30pm Thu, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center Pkwy., (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com.
— Chris Conde