Bebe Rexha

Bebe Rexha performs onstage during 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2018 at American Airlines Center on Nov. 27, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. 

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Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa were both shocked and thrilled to receive nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards, but for Rexha, their recognition goes beyond their musical accomplishments and strikes an emotional chord.

In a brief note she posted to Twitter, the singer shouts out Lipa along with a sweet photo of the two of them embracing: "Two Albanian girls nominated for 2 Grammys. In my heart we already won."

Billboard spoke with both Rexha and Lipa following the announcement for the 2019 nominations, and Friday morning (Dec. 7) for both pop stars involved a lot of (happy!) tears. Rexha's parents started bawling when they learned that their daughter was up for two awards, and Lipa was in the middle of a meeting when she heard the news and then "couldn't stop crying."

Both Rexha and Lipa are nominated for best new artist. Rexha, along with Florida Georgia Line, is nominated for best country duo/group performance for their collaboration, "Let It Be." Lipa is also nominated for her collaboration with Silk City, Mark Ronson and Diplo's new electronic duo, for their collaboration, "Electricity," in the best dance recording category.

2019 Grammy Awards

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