Bebe Rexha is being accused of blackfishing after her skin tone seemed to match Doja Cat's at the 2020 American Music Awards

Callie Ahlgrim
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Bebe Rexha in 2014, left, and at the 2020 AMAs. Frederick M. Brown / Emma McIntyre /AMA2020/Getty Images for dcp
  • Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat performed "Baby, I'm Jealous" at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday.

  • Rexha is a white Albanian woman, while Doja Cat is half-Black. But viewers noticed the singers' skin tones appeared extremely similar onstage.

  • This caused some to accuse Rexha of "blackfishing," meaning she intentionally cultivates a racially ambiguous image.

  • Rexha also sported a very deep tan and bright red hair on the red carpet before their performance.

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Bebe Rexha performed her new single with Doja Cat at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday — but viewers were more focused on the singer's appearance than her vocals.

When the women took the stage to sing "Baby, I'm Jealous," viewers noticed that Rexha's skin tone seemed to match that of her collaborator.

Some even felt that Rexha appeared to be darker than Doja Cat.

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Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat performed "Baby, I'm Jealous" at the 2020 AMAs. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp

Rexha's parents are Albanian, and she has said she's "very proud" of her European heritage. She has also referred to herself as a "white girl" on Twitter.

Doja Cat is biracial and her father is Black.

This caused some to accuse Rexha of "blackfishing," meaning she intentionally cultivates a racially ambiguous image.

Some compared Rexha to Rita Ora, another Albanian singer who was recently accused of blackfishing on Twitter.

Some fans, however, defended Rexha and blamed the onstage lighting during her performance.

A representative for Rexha did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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