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Born on a military base in Fort Carson, Colo., singer-songwriter Michael Grimm has paid his dues to get where he is today. But despite winning season 5 of America’s Got Talent in 2010, which earned him $1 million and contract with Epic Records, the soon to be 32-year-old Grimm still says he has much to prove.

Before entering the show, Grimm had released three independent albums from 2007-10 and America’s Got Talent was his big chance.

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With more than 16 million records sold, it’s hard to argue that 3 Doors Down doesn’t belong atop of any list. The southern boys from Mississippi — well, most of them anyway — last played Beaumont’s Ford Arena in 2009. But no matter how and when they play here, their popularity continues to soar.

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