Becky G gushes about Mexican heritage at the Latin American Music Awards
For Becky G, staying true to her Mexican race or roots is the greatest price of all.
The Mexican-American singer had a big night at the Latin American Music Awards on Thursday, taking home four of the nine awards she was nominated for, including wins for Song of the Year, Collaboration of the Year and Best Pop/ Urban collaboration (all for her Karol G collaboration Mamii).
Winning Best Regional Mexican Collaboration, however, was the win that really hit the “Chanel” singer, who won the award for “Ya Acabó,” a collaboration with regional Mexican group Marca MP. After thanking the band for their support on the “incredible song,” Becky opened up about the importance of her Mexican heritage.
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“I’ve always talked about how much it means to me to be Latina, but the pride of being Mexican is different,” Becky said in Spanish. “Throughout my career as an artist I’ve mixed and played with different genres because there are many that inspire me, but being Mexican doesn’t just inspire my music.”
“More than anything, it inspires the way I work, how I love, how I interact with my family,” she continued. “My Mexican blood is everything to me.”
Becky G tipped her hat to her Mexican heritage during her performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last week, where she performed with Mexican singers Peso Pluma and Jesús Ortiz Paz of Fuerza Regida. The singer will perform again at the festival on Friday.
Becky, who began her musical career primarily in English, previously spoke to USA TODAY about the role Spanish music has played in shaping her art.
“I’ve really found my voice and I probably feel more confident than ever as an artist singing Spanish music,” she said, walking the red carpet at Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood event in August. “I’m proud that Spanish music has really gone global.”
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Featuring: Charles Trepany and Angie Orellana Hernandez, USA TODAY