After the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills went to their locker rooms for the halftime break, Rexha took the stage — which, based on the fan-shared video from the game, was in a tiny corner of the stadium — to power through several of her hits songs, including a rendition of her 2015 David Guetta/Nick Minaj/Afrojack smash “Hey Mama” amid a setup inspired by the 1999 film The Matrix.
Along with a video of the event, one Twitter user wrote, “Bebe Rexha was getting boo’d here in Detroit for not even being visible from the crowd during her performance. Lmao.
The crowd booed when Rexha finished singing and launched into a dance-based breakdown in the middle of the song. But it didn’t appear to be because they didn’t like her performance; rather, it was because they couldn’t see it.
Rexha then performed her signature song, 2017’s Florida Georgia Line-assisted collaboration “Meant to Be,” before concluding with current hit “I’m Good” (Blue), a single with Guetta that heavily samples Eiffel 65’s 1998 song “Blue (Da Ba Dee).”
When Rexha finished her performance, the audience at Ford Field erupted again, this time with boos directed at the 33-year-old singer.
Earlier on Thursday, a fan asked Rexha on Twitter if she was nervous about the performance, to which she replied, “Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
While her halftime show did not go over well with everyone in Michigan, “I’m Good (Blue)” quickly became one of Rexha’s biggest hits after its release in August.
Aside from earning a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Recording, the song reached No. 1 in the UK and Australia and peaked at No. 7 in the US — Rexha’s highest-charting song since “I’m a Mess” peaked at No. 35 in 2018.