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September 10, 2016 at 03:28 PM EDT
We gave it a B

“Radio City, you all ready to have a good night?” Meghan Trainor asked at the top of her show at New York City’s famed venue Saturday night. “All my ladies scream one time!” Then, a deafening roar of adolescents overpowered the 22-year-old pop star on stage — a banshee wail that was as loud as an AC/DC or My Bloody Valentine concert.

Since breaking out with her girl-power anthem “All About That Bass” in 2014 and scoring a Grammy for Best New Artist in 2016, Trainor has shown herself to be one of pop’s most likable and seemingly down-to-earth stars, one who’s also accrued a devoted fan base of young female fans. Sure, she doesn’t have the diva-esque gravitas of Beyoncé or Adele. But the professional songwriter-turned-recording artist does have bona fide chops — the Nantucket, Mass. native got her start penning tunes for Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, and other Nashville artists — and it does take a special brand of artist to score two sold-out nights at a fabled venue like Radio City. At one point, she sounded overwhelmed when reflecting on Friday’s milestone: “Thank you for helping me go from being a songwriter in my bedroom to getting a Grammy for Best New Artist! I’ll never forget this night!”

Her fans likely won’t either: the room was filled with overwhelmed, ecstatic children and teens accompanied by moms or dads. So it’s no surprise Trainor (seen above at her July 16 tour stop at WaMu Theater in Seattle) delivered a wholesome, G-rated event — with nary an F-Bomb dropped. Her Friday night concert also turned into something of a family affair. Early on, she thanked her mother, Kelly, for her support and for serving as a loyal wardrobe-aide throughout the trek, before launching into a peppy rendition of “Mom.” Immediately following, Trainor said, “I can’t do a mom song without doing a dad song.” So when she performed “Dance Like Yo Daddy,” she also invited her father, Gary, on stage to shimmy and shake. The rest of the evening was peppered with praise for her record company (“My Epic Records family — I hope I make you proud!”) as well as her friends and loved ones.

Production-wise, Trainor’s Untouchable Tour looks like the most opulent cruise ship revue show you’ve ever seen: flawlessly executed but a little too rooted in Vaudevillian clichés. She’s backed by a smartly-dressed band, who ably performed her tunes, and she and her dancers glided across the stage with capable (if un-showy) choreography. Trainor made sure to make it as engaging a show as possible via a medium that matters most to her fans: social media. A giant screen broadcast home movies and photos the whole night — as if her own Snapchat was on a big screen — and the most eardrum-bursting roar was heard when Trainor captured her fans on her phone. But the best moments came when Trainor’s impressive vocals alone were in full bloom. Gorgeous renditions of “Hopeless Romantic” and “Just a Friend to You” proved you don’t always need a flashy production to turn out a great show. B

Setlist

Woman Up

Watch Me Do

Me Too

Dear Future Husband

Lips Are Movin

Mom

Dance Like Yo Daddy

All About That Bass

Friends

Good to Be Alive

Kindly Calm Me Down

Hopeless Romantic

Just a Friend to You

Like I’m Gonna Lose You

Bang Dem Sticks

Throwback Love

I Love Me

Champagne Problems

I Won’t Let You Down

Better

Thank You

Encore

NO

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