It’s been a busy week at the Houston Rodeo. Last week began with a special tribute to Selena by Kacey Musgrave’s who’s “Como La Flor” rendition went viral. Then Prince Royce performed another tribute to Selena. He sang “No Me Queda Mas.” Now, the Trap Selena, Cardi B is also paying homage to the late Tejano singer with her performance at the Rodeo.
On Saturday night, Cardi B had a concert at the Houston Rodeo and broke the record for the biggest audience in attendance ever. Cardi’s had 75,580 people in her presence. The previous record holder was Garth Brooks. Tickets for her performance at the rodeo sold out within 40 minutes. Damn, son!
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But it was backstage that Cardi took a cute moment to thank the real inspiration behind her record-breaking concert, her music video, and overall general vibe. The Bronx rapper wore the cutest pink cowboy outfit perfect for a night at the rodeo. Her glammed out country costume, topped with a cowboy hat and chaps, seemed like something Selena would be wearing today. In an Instagram post, Cardi told fans that she was so nervous about performing at the rodeo because there were so many people, but then she saw a picture of Selena on the wall, and that eased her nerves.
She also said that it was Selena who inspired her look in her new music video with Bruno Mars, “Please Me,” which of course we already knew. While Cardi didn’t follow in the footsteps of Musgraves or Prince Royce to perform a cover on the rodeo stage, she did break into song backstage and sang a bit of “Como La Flor.”
“I was so nervous to perform in front of 70,000-plus people, but when I saw this picture,” Cardi said while standing next to a Selena portrait. “Like, out of all the outfits that she wore, for me to see this picture with this outfit — this was the inspiration for ‘Please Me’—I knew I was gonna be alright. I love you, man.”
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I was so sick yesterday ya don’t even know ! I had such a bad migraine I had to get a doctor backstage to give me two shots and ain’t rehearsed cause I been working all week and ain’t really know what I was getting myself into until I got in the venue .Im OD honored for all the love Houston gave me! I remember the first time I came to Houston I came out here to strip and people showed me maaaaaa love and Houston was the first place me and set when on a date 😂😂😂The love have really grown .I was maaaaa hype to see this picture before I got in my dressing room cause out of all her outfits there’s a picture hanging on the wall of the outfit I got my inspiration from for Please Me music video.It was like a lucky sign to me .
According to Chron.com, Selena said her rodeo concert on Saturday night would benefit hopeful college students.
“The purpose of the rodeo is to collect money, to give scholarships out,” she said. “Any job you pick, whether it’s a doctor … or a fuc*ing stripper, you gonna need some education.” And shes’ undoubtedly correct about that.
On the Houston Rodeo website, they state that “each year, more than 800 scholarships are awarded to Texas students by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.”
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have presented more than $75 million in research, grants and educational programs to more than 100 organizations and institutions in Texas.”
Impressive! Here’s just a taste of Cardi’s night at the rodeo.
Cardi B has broken the Houston Rodeo attendance record, previously held by Selena Quintanilla, with more than 75,000 people attending her show tonight ❤️ So proud of you @iamcardib. pic.twitter.com/GmnxBif6XT
— Cardi B News (@bardinews) March 2, 2019