Bebe Rexha

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Bebe Rexha
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Rexha performing live at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on April 8, 2016.
Background information
Birth name Bleta Rexha
Born (1989-08-30) August 30, 1989 (age 27)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • trumpet
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts

Bleta "Bebe" Rexha (/ˌbbi ˈrɛksə/; Albanian pronunciation: [ˌblɛta ɾɛd͡ʒa];[1] born August 30, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer.[2][3] She is best known as a featured guest vocalist on several Billboard Hot 100 charting songs, such as G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I", David Guetta's "Hey Mama", Martin Garrix's "In the Name of Love" and Cash Cash's "Take Me Home".[4][5] She also co-wrote the chart-topping Eminem and Rihanna single "The Monster", among others.[2][6] In March 2016, she released the single, "No Broken Hearts" featuring Nicki Minaj.[7] "I Got You" was released as the lead single from her EP All Your Fault: Pt. 1. It is so far the highest-charting single of Bebe as lead singer peaking at number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 1 on the US Dance Club Songs. The EP was released on February 17, 2017.[8]

Early life and career[edit]

Bleta Rexha was born on August 30, 1989, in Brooklyn, New York [9] to ethnic Albanian parents.[3] Her father, Flamur Rexha, an ethnic Albanian born in Debar emigrated in the US at the age of 21, while her mother, Bukurije Rexha, was born in the US from an ethnic Albanian family descending from Gostivar, Republic of Macedonia.[10][11] In Albanian, Bleta means "bumble bee"; derived from this, Rexha gave herself the nickname "Bebe" as part of her stage name.[2] At the age of 6, Bleta and her family later moved to Staten Island, New York.

At her elementary school, Rexha played trumpet for over nine years, while teaching herself to play guitar and piano.[12][13] Rexha attended Tottenville High School on Staten Island,[14] where she took part in a variety of musicals.[4][11] She also joined the choir, while still in high school.[13] After joining the choir, she discovered that her voice was a coloratura soprano.[15][16]

As a teenager, Rexha submitted a song to be performed at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' annual "Grammy Day" event. Rexha earned the "Best Teen Songwriter" award, beating around 700 other entrants.[3][17][18] As a result, she signed a contract with the talent scout Samantha Cox, who encouraged Rexha to enroll into songwriting classes in New York City.[12][19]


In 2010, Rexha met Fall Out Boy's bassist Pete Wentz with whom she began working at a recording studio in New York City.[13][20] She would eventually become a member and a lead vocalist of Wentz's new experimental project of a band, called Black Cards. The band played a variety of live shows and released several singles and remixes. However, in January 2012, Wentz announced that Rexha left the band to pursue other endeavors.[21]

In 2013, Rexha signed with Warner Bros. Records as a solo artist.[22] Rexha had begun writing several songs, including Selena Gomez' "Like a Champion" and Nikki Williams' "Glowing".[6] Her most prominent songwriting effort of 2013 was Eminem and Rihanna's song "The Monster", which was released as Eminem's fourth single from Eminem's album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song went on to top the charts for the US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[23] That same year, Rexha also wrote and was featured on Cash Cash's single "Take Me Home".[22][24]

On March 21, 2014, Rexha released her debut single, "I Can't Stop Drinking About You".[24] The song peaked at number 22 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[25] The music video was released on August 12, 2014. The video was inspired by imagery from films such as Girl, Interrupted and Melancholia.[26] In November 2014, Rexha was featured on rapper Pitbull's song "This Is Not a Drill".[27] and in September 2014, she was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, where she performed live her single "I Can't Stop Drinking About You".

In December 2014, Rexha released two more singles, "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy" and "Gone".[28][29] On May 12, 2015, she released her debut EP, titled I Don't Wanna Grow Up through Warner Bros. Records.[30] She also co-wrote and was featured on David Guetta's single "Hey Mama", alongside Nicki Minaj and Afrojack.[6] The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received 1.1 million downloads as of June 2015. The song did not originally credit Rexha, despite the fact that she sings the chorus and is featured on background vocals. In June 2015, she was eventually given a credit for her work.[30][31]

Rexha with Pete Wentz on September 1, 2011 at the Rumsey Playfield.

In October 2015, Rexha co-wrote and was featured on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I". The song peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100[32] at number one on the Billboard Pop Songs.[33] The song was originally titled "I Don't Need Anything" and was intended as a song for Rexha herself. Instead, she brought the song idea to G-Eazy and was featured during the chorus.[34]

Rexha met Nicki Minaj's manager, Gee Roberson, and asked if Minaj would contribute to a new song. In March 2016, Rexha released her single, called "No Broken Hearts" featuring Nicki Minaj.[7][19] In April 2016, the music video was released and was directed by Dave Meyer.[35] The video accumulated over 165 million views on YouTube.[36]

On July 29, 2016, Rexha and Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix released their single, "In the Name of Love". It has since peaked at number 24 on US Billboard Hot 100, at number 4 on US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and entered the top 10 charts in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy and New Zealand. The music video was released on 23 August 2016 on Martin Garrix's YouTube channel.[37]

On November 6, 2016, Rexha was the host of 2016's MTV Europe Music Awards, taking place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She also performed her new single, "I Got You".[38]

2017–present: All Your Fault: Pt. 1 & 2[edit]

On October 28, 2016, she released "I Got You" as the lead single from her new EP, titled All Your Fault: Pt. 1. It has since peaked at number 17 on US Billboard Pop Songs[39] and at number 43 on US Billboard Hot 100.[40] The music video was released on January 6, 2017 on Rexha's YouTube channel and reached over 50 million streams in 4 weeks. Her second EP, All Your Fault: Pt. 1 was released on February 17, 2017, and has since peaked at number 51 on the Billboard 200.

On January 24, 2017, Rexha announced her first solo headlining tour called the All Your Fault Tour, which began on March 1, 2017 in Dallas.[41]

In May 2017, Bebe Rexha: The Ride aired on MTV. The show is a documentary which explores the moments which changed Rexha's life and journey to stardom.[42]

"The Way I Are (Dance with Somebody)" featuring Lil Wayne was released as the first single from All Your Fault: Pt. 2 on May 19, 2017.[43] Rexha's third EP is set to be released on August 11, 2017, for which preordering began on June 30, 2017. [44]

On July 11, 2017, Rexha sang the National Anthem for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

On July 21, 2017, Bebe was featured on One Direction's member Louis Tomlinson's first single as leading artist "Back to You".



Production and writing credits[edit]

Rexha has written and co-produced for a number of artists, including:[45]

Year Artist Album Song
2010 Nikki Williams N/A "Glowing"
Shinee Lucifer "Lucifer"
2011 Jelena Karleuša Diva "Muškarac Koji Mrzi Žene"
2013 Selena Gomez Stars Dance "Like a Champion"
(featuring Rihanna)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 "The Monster"
Cash Cash
(featuring Bebe Rexha)
Overtime (EP)
and Blood, Sweat & 3 Years
"Take Me Home"
2014 Tinashe Aquarius "All Hands on Deck"
(featuring Bebe Rexha)
Globalization "This Is Not a Drill"
David Guetta
(featuring Bebe Rexha)
Listen "Yesterday"
David Guetta
(featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack)
"Hey Mama"
Bella Thorne Jersey "One More Night"
2015 Havana Brown
(featuring Bebe Rexha and Savi)
N/A "Battle Cry"
(featuring Bebe Rexha)
"All the Way"
(with Bebe Rexha)
When It's Dark Out "Me, Myself & I"
2016 Iggy Azalea Digital Distortion "Team"
"Three Day Weekend"
Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated "Under You"
Martin Garrix
(with Bebe Rexha)
TBA "In the Name of Love"



Television show Year Character Description
MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 Host The MTV Europe Music Awards is an event presented by MTV Networks Europe which awards prizes to musicians and performers.
Bebe Rexha: The Ride 2017 Herself Documentary which explores the moments that changed Rexha's life
Pitch Battle 2017 Guest Judge Contest show which sees musical groups facing-off against each other, inspired by Pitch Perfect

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Nominated work Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards[46] Best Collaboration "Hey Mama" Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[47] Best Collaboration
MTV Video Music Awards Song of Summer
NRJ Music Award Video of the Year
2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards[48] Dance Song of the Year
Billboard Music Award[49] Top Dance/Electronic Song
BMI London Awards Award-Winning Songs Won
Dance Song Award
BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs
International Dance Music Awards Best Rap/Hip Hop/Trap Dance Track
MTV Europe Music Awards[citation needed] Best New Act Bebe Rexha Nominated
Best Push Act Nominated
Best Look Nominated
Bravo Otto Super Female Singer Nominated
2017 WDM Radio Awards Best Global Track "In the Name of Love" Nominated




Opening act


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