Bebe Rexha delivered an electrical efficiency of her and David Guetta‘s songs on the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.
Rexha, 34, and Guetta, 56, introduced their 2022 hit, “I’m Good (Blue)” — which is nominated for High Collaboration, High Billboard World Track and High Dance/Digital Track — and its 2023 follow-up, “One in a Million,” to the Sunday, November 19, awards present. “I’m Good (Blue)” notably spent 55 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Sizzling Dance/Digital Songs chart, making it the second longest-running No. 1 tune within the chart’s historical past after “Happier” by Marshmello and Bastille at 69 weeks.
The efficiency began out with Rexha surrounded by an orchestra as she sang a slowed down model of “I’m Good (Blue).” Because the tune transitioned into “One in a Million,” she modified out of her ballgown into darkish leggings with a corset high and glowing boots as she joined dancers on a stage surrounded by followers.
Following the efficiency, Rexha accepted the award for High Dance/Digital Track. “It’s been such an unbelievable journey … we didn’t assume it was going to change into such a worldwide anthem. We wished to simply flip a enjoyable tune from again within the day, I simply can’t consider how far the tune has gone,” she gushed whereas thanking her followers.
Guetta shared his acceptance speech from one other location. “Thanks so, a lot. That is unbelievable,” he stated. “Bebe, I really like you. Thanks for being part of my life. I feel we convey luck to one another. I’m so pleased with you. I noticed you beginning as a songwriter to being a celebrity proper now.”
Rexha and Guetta wrote “I’m Good (Blue)” in 2017 however initially shelved the observe. Years later, she was shocked to listen to a bootleg model of the recording on social media. “I used to be simply scrolling on TikTok and I heard a woman singing on a remix of ‘Blue,’” she informed Selection in October 2022, referring to Eiffel 65’s 1998 tune “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” that impressed her collaboration with Guetta. “I used to be like, ‘Rattling, David and I had an concept to do this again within the day.’”
Rexha solely later realized, after sending the video to her social media supervisor, that she was listening to her personal tune. “I am going to YouTube and it has 30 million views,” she recalled. “I used to be informed it pops up on YouTube yearly, goes viral after which will get pulled down.”
When Rexha found the unreleased tune’s reputation, she rerecorded her vocals and inspired Guetta to complete producing it so they might drop the official rendition. Upon its launch, the observe turned a chart-topping hit. “It’s unbelievable,” Guetta stated. “It’s refreshing that we live in a time when actually individuals are selecting what they need to take heed to.”
As for the rationale behind the tune’s success, Rexha pointed to the familiarity of its sound. “Folks love nostalgia and the ‘00s are again in full drive in relation to style and music,” she defined. “I additionally assume individuals have been cooped up for 3 years and so they simply need to be glad and really feel good.”
Guetta, in the meantime, believed the reply was easier. “Generally while you handle to specific a easy emotion, individuals actually relate to that,” he famous. “Doing one thing easy that doesn’t really feel tacky may be very troublesome. Generally it really works, typically it doesn’t. However this time it labored higher than we might ever think about.”