Two of our favorite Latina entertainers are headed to the Lone Star state to headline the biggest rodeo in the world. Cardi B and Camila Cabello are both part of this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo lineup. Joining other performers like Panic! At The Disco, Brooks And Dunn, Santana and Zedd, the Latinas will participate in the more than the 80-year-old international event.
Founded in 1938, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have drawn some of the biggest legends in the music industry. However, the three-week long event features a lot more than an epic concert series. Rodeo Houston also involves a city-wide parade, 5k, and 10k marathons, the 1World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, a carnival, livestock auctions, and live championship rodeo events.
This will be the first appearance for both Latinas.
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Performing on March 1st, Carbi will be the headliner for Rodeo Houston’s Black Heritage Day. Cabello will follow up the Afro-Latina with her own performance on March 5th. It’s important to note that neither Latina is playing on the event’s official Go Tejano Day; the day in the concert lineup on which Latinx performers usually represent their music.
Though Cardi and Cabello are both playing this year’s concert series, the list of Latinas who have already headlined the Rodeo is extremely exclusive.
Here are the Latina performers who have brought their talent and star power to the Lone Star state:
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Selena is even more of a trailblazer than we realized. The Queen of Tejano music was the first ever Latina to ever headline the Houston Rodeo’s concert series. In 1993, Selena played the Astrodome alongside Los Dinos but would have independent billing in ’94 and ’95 as her popularity exploded. In fact, it was her 1995 performance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo that gave us her iconic “Disco Medley” and one-of-a-kind purple jumpsuit. The February performance was also her last before her untimely death in March of that same year.
2. Jennifer Peña
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Once considered the second coming of Selena, Peña followed in her idol’s footsteps in several ways. Most notably, the Latina played Rodeo Houston in 2004; about 10 years after Selena had last played the event. Peña’s appearance at the Rodeo was at the height of her popularity and 61,000 fans came to see the Tejana pop star sing. She also used the opportunity to record an album, “Houston Rodeo Live.” Though Peña no longer performs, she’ll always have the Houston Rodeo.
3. Adrienne Bailon of The Cheetah Girls
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Disney Channel phenomenon The Cheetah Girls were unbelievably popular in the mid-2000’s. Besides having a clothing line, two movies, a book series, and a home decor line, the group was also invited to play at the World’s largest rodeo in 2007. Of the four members of the group, only Adrienne Bailon is a Latina, but she sure repped for la Raza. Their performance was the last stop on their second world tour and, impressively enough, the show sold 800,000 tickets in 3 minutes.
4. Los Horóscopos de Durango
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Since 1975, Los Horóscopos de Durango have played together with a lineup of different musicians and vocalists. Most recently, Vicky and Marisol Terrazas have to lead the multi-award winning band. In 2008, the Latina-led group made its way to Houston to bring their brand of Duranguense to the world’s largest rodeo. Fans of Los Horoscopos can still enjoy this 2008 performance with the band’s live album of their appearance.
5. Selena Gomez
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Our other favorite Selena, Gomez has also made three appearances at the Houston Rodeo. The Texas native played the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Her first two appearances at the were due to her overwhelming Disney Channel popularity and legion of young fans. By her 2014 appearance, though, the pop star and her music had definitely matured. As Gomez continues to evolve and release bop after bop, there’s no doubt she’ll be invited back.
6. Demi Lovato
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Another Texas native, Lovato has also tied both Selenas for a number of Houston Rodeo appearances. The Dallas native performed during 2010, 2013, and 2017. Just like Gomez, Lovato’s early Disney stardom got her invited to the event early in her career but it’s her continuously evolving sound that has earned her so many invites back. During her most recent visit, she was a last minute fill-in for an ailing Meghan Trainer but no doubt this isn’t the Latina’s last rodeo.
7. Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony
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Interesting enough, Cabello’s former group Fifth Harmony have already played Rodeo Houston. In 2017, a few months after Cabello left the group, the quartet made their debut performance at the Houston event. Latina members of Fifth Harmony, Ally Brooke and Lauren Jauregui, became the most recent additions to the “Latinas who played Rodeo Houston” list as they preformed for a stadium full of 64,000 screaming fans.
We’re definitely looking forward to Cardi and Cabello expanding this list by two.