Becky G opened for Zendaya at the People en Espanol Festival in San Antonio, TX, on August 30th, 2014.
Becky G, 17, is standing in the middle of a crowded living room in Los Angeles’ Lawndale neighborhood, where everyone is talking about her underwear. She’s wearing a dangerous-looking skirt: vintage and covered in metal spikes, with a sheer panel that shows off her entire leg, ankle to hip. It’s nine in the morning and her mom is there, as is her aunt, one of her cousins, her style team, and a seamstress. They’re all studying her intently.
“Less butt,” Becky’s mom says. The stylist, looking on from another angle, considers a different undergarment. “The American Apparel kind,” she says. “It has fuller coverage.” Everyone nods and hands fly, each carefully marking what should show and what must be covered.
The stakes here are a bit higher than your average prom — Becky is a pop singer and rapper, preparing her red carpet look for MTV’s Video Music Awards. In a couple days she’ll be attending the awards show for a second time, but this year she’ll be promoting a bonafide hit — her song “Shower,” released in April, climbed to the No. 16 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart over the summer. (In May, she reached No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart with another song, Pitbull collaboration “Can’t Get Enough.”)
Becky G, Dr. Luke’s boundary-breaking YouTube discovery, is 17 and burning up Billboard’s Hot 100 and Latin charts. But the teen sensation — whose real name is Becky Gomez — isn’t taking any of her success for granted.
“I’m lying in bed, looking at the ceiling, on a natural high of, ‘Oh my God, this is my life. Like, this isn’t a movie,'” says Gomez.
“I got discovered off of YouTube,” says Gomez. “If it weren’t for my fans, I wouldn’t be where I am. I felt like I should make them part of this.”
In fact, like she did with her 2013 EP Play It Again, she plans to ask her Twitter followers to name her upcoming album.
“I couldn’t sing about being in love then,” Gomez says about when she was younger. “It wouldn’t be as believable.”
“I saw a crazy determination,” says Dr Luke. “She was only 14, but she was a star. When I met her, I didn’t even know she could sing too. I was like, ‘Let’s go.'”
“I needed something that was going to get me out of the garage and help out at the same time — and what better way than to do what I love?” Gomez says about living in her grandparents’ garage during one particularly rough patch in her family’s life.
“As a marketer, I see her as the greatest thing that ever walked the planet,” jokes marketing consultant Paul Kremen.
“This is me, living this,” says Gomez. “Right now. It’s crazy.”
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Becky G has already conquered pop radio and iTunes with breakthrough hit “Shower”, which climbed to a new peak of number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Next stop on the 17-year-old’s agenda is clubland. Her irresistible anthem has been overhauled by the ever-reliable Jump Smokers and is now the perfect addition to your workout playlist.
“Shower” is one of those songs that could probably be covered by a death metal band and still sound adorable. As such, there’s no risk of the Chicago DJs diminishing the unstoppable earworm’s appeal by upping the BPM and adding a drop. From the bathroom to the club, there’s simply more opportunity to enjoy Becky G’s summer smash. Listen to the finely-calibrated remix after the jump.
The big day is finally here and Becky G. is trying to find the right dress. Nope, not for prom! Becky is about to perform with singer Maluma at the Latin Grammys. NBD. She also opens up about her beloved Beasters and how she hopes to inspire them to be proud of their heritage. AMEN to that! After the Grammys, an unexpected surprise happens to Becky in a car, making her road to stardom even sweeter.
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