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Ella Mai says she has raw emotion to thank for her rise to superstardom


Photo Credit: Interscope RecordsSince catapulting to the top of the charts with her smash hit “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai has continued to soar. And if you ask the U.K. songbird, it’s all due to the “raw emotion” found in her songwriting. 

After winning three Billboard Music Awards, last week, including Best R&B artist, Mai explained to ABC Radio why she thinks her music has connected with so many people so quickly.

“I think it’s just raw emotion. I feel like, especially with ‘Boo’d Up,’ it’s a very innocent love song and we’ve all been there,” Mai explained.

“And…’Trip’ is more so just about apologizing when you’ve done wrong,” she continued. “And, I think we’ve all been in that situation also. So, I think they’re just super relatable.”

Both singles have earned Mai some major bragging rights: “Trip” has been certified double platinum, while “Boo’d Up” is now four times platinum.  It also earned the singer a Grammy for Best R&B song at this year’s ceremony.

But Mai’s taking it all in stride, insisting that she still has “loads of growth” ahead of her, as she comes to the end of the North American leg of her headlining Debut Tour. 

“I was looking back at my last tour that I did and just watching the differences in the performances — it’s been an incredible ride, and I’ve had so much fun,” the singer explained. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Initially kicking off at the top of the year, the trek is set to wrap up May 22 in Nashville, TN. Mai is set to take the stage Wednesday in Philadelphia at the Stage AE for a sold-out show. 

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