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.”
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