Bebe Rexha Feeling Acceptance From Country Music Community After Collaborative Hit With FGL, “Meant to Be”

Bebe Rexha Feeling Acceptance From Country Music Community After Collaborative Hit With FGL, “Meant to Be”

Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be” (featuring Florida Georgia Line) has resided atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 20 weeks, which is the third longest reign in the history of the chart, behind Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” (34 weeks) and FGL’s “Cruise” (24 weeks).

While FGL is known for their collaborative efforts with artists outside of the country genre—see “God, Your Mama, and Me,” “Let Me Go” and “Life Is a Honeymoon”—“Meant to Be” is pop star Bebe’s first foray into country music.

“Here I am this girl that grows up in the pop world, and I write a song with Florida Georgia Line and it’s one of the biggest songs I’ve put out in my life,” says Bebe. “And I think it’s just a record that was honest and true. And I think that people really connected with it on a deeper level.”

“Meant to Be,” which was co-penned by Bebe, Josh Miller, David Garcia and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, was recently nominated for Top Country Song at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards on May 20.

“To me, it’s saying that the [country music community] is willing to allow me in because they really respect the song,” says Bebe. “And that’s the most important thing for me, more than anything, is for people to respect my music and my songwriting more than anything.”

photo by Arroyo-O’Connor/AFF-USA.com

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell