Trevi vs. Guzman

The Mexican pop stars meet up at Oracle Arena to settle the score, once and for all.



For years, the Mexican media have breathlessly followed the bitter rivalry between pop sensations Alejandra Guzmán and Gloria Trevi, reporting on every perceived slight and barb. Dubbed the Madonna of Mexico, the young Trevi was like Madonna in her early, goofy sex kitten persona. With her broad smile, revealing street fashions, and poppy rock anthems, Trevi perhaps bears more direct comparison with Cindy Lauper, Madonna’s quintessentially ’80s competitor.

Alejandra Guzman, by contrast, embodies the ’90s Madonna aesthetic—a little darker, a little more dangerous, but still the same practiced sultry sensibilities in her infectious dance anthems. But both pop stars mirror Madonna in their longevity: In a business where fame is fleeting and tastes are fickle, both Trevi and Guzman have endured, reinventing their styles to match the times while keeping their looks and sounds fresh. Now these two titans take to the stage to duke it out once and for all in the grudge match to end all grudge matches.

Or maybe, just maybe, the rivalry is a fiction cooked up by tabloids to sell papers, and they’re just going to sing together?

Sept. 9, 8 p.m., $3-$292, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland,

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