Becky G Pens Heartfelt Note On Being Mexican-American, Prioritizing Her Happiness

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Becky G speaks onstage at the Leading Ladies of Entertainment Luncheon during the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Nov. 13, 2018 in Las Vegas.  

Becky G accepted her award at the Latin Recording Academy second annual Leading Ladies of Entertainment event, honoring women in music and media. The singer wore a red pantsuit and with a smile from ear-to-ear.

The luncheon, held on Nov. 13 in Las Vegas, also honored Delia Orjuela, BMI’s vp creative for Latin Music, and Latina journalists Pamela Silva Conde and Cynthia Hudson.

Following the event, Becky shared two inspirational posts on Instagram: one with the empowering speech she gave at the event, and the other thanking her family and team for believing in her.

“Us women have dreams that matter and that should be encouraged, nurtured, and supported,” she penned on Instagram, mentioning the three Hispanic-American women who inspired her growing up.

Selena (@selenaqofficial), Jennifer Lopez (@jlo), & Jenni Rivera (@jennirivera) taught me that just because I was born here & speak English but sing in Spanish doesn’t mean I’m not ‘Latina Enough,’” she expressed. “They taught that just because I found my ‘sexy’ does not mean I should be ashamed of my body and sexuality. They taught me that freedom of creative expression as a woman in the Latin industry through fashion, songs and being our true authentic self is more important than the criticism we have faced for being brave.”

She continued by stating that her responsibility as an artist is to her herself and to prioritize her happiness instead of trying to please others. “If I can lead by example, inspire others with just that simple way of being good to myself and following my heart. I’m doing my job,” she says.

Becky thanked the Latin Recording Academy for acknowledging her accomplishments and efforts to inspire others.

See the heartfelt posts below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I am not just Becky G, I am your daughter, your niece, your sister, your partner. Us women have dreams that matter and that should be encouraged, nurtured, and supported. I am here because there is an entire generation of women my age & the generations to come that see themselves in me the way I saw pieces of me in the women I looked up to. Selena (@selenaqofficial), Jenifer Lopez (@jlo), & Jenni Rivera (@jennirivera) taught me that just because I was born here & speak English but sing in Spanish doesn’t mean I’m not “Latina Enough”. They taught that just because I found my “Sexy” does not mean I should be ashamed of my body and sexuality. They taught me that freedom of creative expression as a women in the Latin industry through fashion, songs and being our true authentic self is more important than the criticism we have faced for being brave. We as women are so much more than the boxes we are constantly put into. We need to continue pushing & using our platforms to build each other up. I could go into a whole other rant about that but I’ll save that for another time. Many people ask me if I feel a responsibility with my career. The answer is yes. I have always felt the pressures of responsibilities. I used to think that responsibility was to please everyone and be the perfect role model. I then learned that was impossible. Not everyone is going to like me. But I am not for everybody. The real responsibility is to myself. To be a REAL model. To prioritize my happiness the way I would want my little sister to prioritize her happiness instead of trying to be something that she is not because society told her to do so. If I can lead by example, inspire others with just that simple way of being good to myself and following my heart. I’m doing my job. Thank you.

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I was 9 years old. Living in Inglewood when I started working. 12 years later here I am. Knowing that the Latin @recordingacademy acknowledges my accomplishments & efforts to inspire others is a huge milestone for me in itself. One that hopefully brings me closer to taking a Grammy home one day. I wouldn’t be where I am without the people who believed in me. Since a very young age my parents ALWAYS supported me. They never put caps on dreams. They never told me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl. I think that explains a lot as to why I am the way I am today. Mom, dad, Thank you for that. There’s also a couple of people on my team that I’d like to thank. Those people are Marc Jordan, Ben Tischker, Sherin & the rest of the Rebel One family. Also Afo & Nir, alongside their entire Sony Latin team. Thank you all. These people believed in my vision & have done everything they can to create a space for a young woman like myself to be free. A place to be listened to, to grow, to learn, and to be bold. They always treat me with respect, equality, love & care. They’ve challenged me & have pushed me to become greater. These people on my team have also defended me & have fought bravely for what I believe in. For that I will forever be thankful as well as forever be inspired to continue doing exactly what I’m doing. I am standing here because I am a hard working. I am here because I am strong. I am here because I am talented. I am here because I am proud of where I come from. I am here because I will never ask for forgiveness for expressing myself the way I choose to.

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