Three Young Money Entertainment artists performed at the 2014 American Music Awards in November.
Lil Wayne, Christina Milian and Nicki Minaj each graced the stage at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles in front of thousands of attendees.
Off stage, the record label’s newest member, Stephanie Acevedo, looked on from the crowd — imagining her own moment in the spotlight.
On Monday (January 12), Young Money announced via its website that Acevedo had officially joined the imprint.
The news was accompanied with an official music video of Acevedo covering Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” along with a brief caption that read: “We tried to warn ya!”
The introduction didn’t provide any details on who Acevedo is, where she came from and how she became a part of one of the hottest record labels in Hip Hop.
Days after being thrust into the public eye, Acevedo says the best word to describe the new feeling is “amazing.”
“I think they’re a great label,” she says during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “They’re very united and I definitely feel the love and support and that’s what any new artist should feel. You should feel that back up… the love. I’m very happy.”
The Miami-based artist has been singing since she could talk.
After graduating from Miami Dade College’s medical program, the Hispanic songstress became a glamour model. She landed on the cover of Mixed Magazine, worked on Telemundo and even had a stint as a Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) ring girl.
She also continued to sing, sometimes sharing provocative covers of popular songs like Ciara’s “Body Party” on her social media accounts.
Stephanie Acevedo Discusses Signing With Lil Wayne’s Young Money
Acevedo can’t pinpoint when she first met Lil Wayne and Mack Maine – who currently serves as her manager – but she says the process to becoming a part of YM, began years ago.
“I’ve had friendships with them for a few … two or three years,” she said. “We’ve had contact with each other but musically – in the last few months, we’ve been working at this and trying to get everything together.”
Soul singer Betty Wright serves as the 27-year-old’s vocal coach and has even written songs for her.
“It’s definitely going to be very interesting and very different from what Young Money has done in the past,” she said. “We’ve had talks about doing Spanish music, bilingual, making sure that a little piece of me is in the music.”
Despite personal conflicts between Lil Wayne and YM’s parent label, Cash Money, the half-Puerto-Rican-half-Cuban songbird says she didn’t think too much into their feud when she decided to join.
“I think that me being Wayne’s artist is separate,” she said. “I’m Young Money and that’s where it starts and that’s where it ends. I definitely have nothing to worry about.”
Watch Stephanie’s “Bleeding Love” cover below:
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