As contemporary pop stars go, there aren’t that many that are as big as Ariana Grande at the minute. The former Nickelodeon star has broken record after record since her Victorious and Sam & Cat days, taking No.1 spots in the Billboard Hot 100 with hits from her debut as well as her sophomore album. Last year, five of her songs from My Everything were among the top 20 hits on Billboard, and she continues to rack up the accolades with her impressive vocal range, diversity in sound, and ability to breathe life into her songs.
Currently celebrating the successes of her third album, Dangerous Woman, Grande recently announced concert dates and locales for her upcoming tour aptly named Danger Women. So far, the tour consists of locations across the US and Canada, but international stops are also in order and will be announced later on this year. The North American portion of the tour will begin on February 2 in Pheonix, Arizona, followed by a huge show in the legendary MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 4.
The gambling capital is by far one of the most important stops Grande will have on her Dangerous Women tour. From Celine Dion to Mariah Carey who will be finishing up her 2-year residency next year, all the female power players have performed in Sin City at least at one point in their careers. While Sin City is vastly different from music cities such as Portland and New York, Vegas is no longer defined solely by its gambling entertainment, as media publications name it as a crucial concert venue for any traveling act. The city’s transformation from a gaming and bingo hub to a sought after music destination began when companies found convenient solutions for casino gameplay, along with options like 90 ball bingo for those that enjoy the lower stakes of bingo. Thus, physical casino hotel operators have struggled to maintain steady growth in gaming revenues, but one area that they continue to see profits is from live music performances by visiting artists. Investments and sponsorships into music related ventures, from intimate performances at bars to large scale music festivals, grew, igniting the rebirth of Las Vegas as a music city.
Tickets went up for sale last weekend on Saturday, September 24. For tickets to Grande’s Vegas show, you may buy them online, through the MGM Resorts Call Center or the Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand box offices.
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