Bebe Rexha Wanted a Sparkly Hat for CMA Fest, Just Like Dolly Parton’s
Despite experiencing massive success alongside Florida Georgia Line on their song "Meant to Be," Bebe Rexha knows it's tough for a pop star to fit in in country music. So when it came time for Rexha to perform at CMA Fest this summer, she looked to a well-respected legend.
Rexha called on Dolly Parton’s hat-maker for a recreation of one of Parton's iconic sparkly hats, which she planned to wear when performing for thousands of country fans at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.
"I really wanted a hat full of crystals," Rexha explained in a press conference before the June performance. Her "Meant to Be" cowboy hat features 6,000 Swarovski crystals. "It was very expensive, but I said it was worth it. And it's very heavy."
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Come to find out that she actually is a big fan of Parton — Rexha grandmother listened to the icon as the pop star was growing up, she explained backstage. "Dolly was her favorite artist, so I felt like it was cool to have a good luck hat," she says. "And, I also hope it doesn't fall."
Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be" performance is one of several that will be featured in Wednesday night's ABC airing of CMA Music Fest. Also included are appearances by Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood during the three-hour primetime event, hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini.
We might just be seeing more of Rexha soon, as she has said she would consider making Nashville her permanent home.
"With country fans, it feels more accepting and loving, and that kind of makes me want to move to Nashville," she says. "I've been here for four days, and it feels like a cleansing for me. I live in LA right now, so it feels a little less stressful here, [a little more] relaxed."
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