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Preston’s picks: Selena Gomez at American Airlines Center; Anderson Paak at House of Blues

Selena Gomez performs at WE Day California at the Forum on April 7, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif.
Selena Gomez performs at WE Day California at the Forum on April 7, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif. Invision/AP

Selena Gomez at American Airlines Center

The world of pop music — one generally focused on escapism — was severely shaken last week by the shocking death of Christina Grimmie, a finalist on The Voice, who was murdered after a concert in Orlando, Fla. One of those most deeply affected was Grand Prairie native Selena Gomez, who paid tribute to the slain singer during a June 11 concert in Miami, according to Billboard. “When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her,” Gomez said, per the Billboard report. “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. ... [S]he had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened.” With DNCE and Bahari.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $35.50-$125.50.

Anderson .Paak at House of Blues

One of 2016’s breakout artists (and one of our picks for the year’s songs of summer), the man born Brandon Park Anderson is touring the country behind his breakout sophomore album, Malibu, with his ace backing band, the Free Nationals. A tumultuous life off-stage — .Paak was briefly homeless, with his wife and child, before connecting with Dr. Dre and being signed to the rap legend’s Aftermath Entertainment imprint — gives way to a fascinating, eclectic sonic palette, pushing the boundaries of R&B and hip-hop in exciting new directions. With Little Simz and Pomo.

8 p.m. Tuesday. House of Blues, Dallas. $20.

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