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Most popular live music act in every state

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    Most popular live music act in every state

    From your first time attending a concert as a kid to the first time you saw your favorite band in person, live music contains an element of magic for many. There is nothing quite like seeing a master showman command a crowd. From Elvis and the Beatles, to KISS and Aerosmith, all the way up to modern arena-filling artists, every generation experienced the privilege to watch some of the most epic acts of their time rock the stage.

    But how do concert preferences change from across the nation? Which artists truly rise above the rest in a given state? To answer this question, Stacker analyzed ticket sales data provided by Vivid Seats to calculate the most popular live act in every state. The rankings are based on total ticket sales from 2014 to end of 2017 for concerts held within each state.

    So where does Queen Bey truly rule? And where does Garth Brooks still command the land?  Read on to see the most popular live music act in every state.

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    Alabama: Jimmy Buffett

    Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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    Alaska: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Zac Brown Band

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    Arizona: Adele

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Arkansas: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Bruno Mars

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    California: Beyoncé

    Runner-up: Justin Bieber

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    Colorado: Justin Bieber

    Runner-up: Eric Church

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    Connecticut: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

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    Delaware: Brantley Gilbert

    Runner-up: Rascal Flatts

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    District of Columbia: Adele

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Florida: Justin Bieber

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Georgia: Beyoncé

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Hawaii: Bruno Mars

    Runner-up: Janet Jackson

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    Idaho: Twenty One Pilots

    Runner-up: Maroon 5

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    Illinois: Beyoncé

    Runner-up: U2

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    Indiana: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Iowa: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

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    Kansas: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    Kentucky: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Louisiana: Garth Brooks

    Runner up: Beyoncé

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    Maine: Elton John

    Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

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    Maryland: Beyoncé

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Massachusetts: Kenny Chesney

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Michigan: Kid Rock

    Runner-up: Eminem

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    Minnesota: Metallica

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    Mississippi: Chris Stapleton

    Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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    Missouri: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Montana: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    Nebraska: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Nevada: George Strait

    Runner-up: Celine Dion

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    New Hampshire: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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    New Jersey: Coldplay

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    New Mexico: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    New York: Billy Joel

    Runner-up: Adele

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    North Carolina: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    North Dakota: Justin Bieber

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Ohio: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Oklahoma: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    Oregon: Justin Bieber

    Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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    Pennsylvania: Beyoncé

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    Rhode Island: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Twenty One Pilots

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    South Carolina: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Hootie and The Blowfish

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    South Dakota: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Paul McCartney

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    Tennessee: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Adele

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    Texas: Beyoncé

    Runner-up: George Strait

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    Utah: Justin Bieber

    Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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    Vermont: Pentatonix

    Runner-up: Neil Young

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    Virginia: Luke Bryan

    Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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    Washington: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: U2

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    West Virginia: Garth Brooks

    Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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    Wisconsin: Rolling Stones

    Runner-up: Kenny Chesney

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    Wyoming: Florida Georgia Line

    Runner-up: Kenny Chesney

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