In one of the more memorable performances at the AMAs, Selena Gomez made her triumphant return to the stage on Sunday, November 19. It was her first performance after undergoing a kidney transplant surgery a few short months ago. The 25-year-old singer delivered a rather dramatic rendition of her new single “Wolves,” a collaboration with music producer Marshmello.
Selena Gomez’s songwriter collaborator Julia Michaels was the one who introduced the former Disney star, saying that she was “one of the most incredible women I know,” and that this would be the only time Selena would perform on TV until the end of the year.
The haunting performance included a wardrobe malfunction
During the performance, which was set after a supposed car crash, Gomez emerged on the smoky stage in a white mini dress and covered in blood. Her dress was perhaps a bit too short, and as she was rolling around on the ground, she flashed her underwear. Marshmello was manning the drums, and Selena got so lost in the song, that at its end she emerged dazed and looking as if she has forgotten there was an audience watching her.
The first appearance after a major surgery was obviously a huge deal for both Selena and her fans. But sadly, people on Twitter were quick to jump on the judgment train as they accused her of lip-syncing throughout the entire song. She may have had a good reason for doing this, however, as she allegedly suffered a panic attack just before going out on stage. But, according to TMZ she sang live with a backing track during the chorus, as most artists do.
Apart from a new song, there was something else that was quite new in Gomez’s image. The singer shocked her fans when she debuted her brand new platinum blond hairdo. She shared an Instagram post in which she revealed her latest hairstyle just before hitting the red carpet on Sunday.
A supportive boyfriend
One person who doesn’t care whether she was miming or not, and if she is blonde or brunette, seems to be Gomez’s new/old boyfriend Justin Bieber. The 23-year-old singer has apparently been really supportive lately and is ‘super proud’ of his girl, according to what a source close to Justin exclusively told HollywoodLife.com.
“Justin [Bieber] is super proud of Selena [Gomez]‘s courageous return to performing live. He is so happy for his girlfriend because he knows what a challenging road Selena has been through and how difficult it has been for her. Justin is well aware of all of Selena’s health issues, so he feels that her AMA performance was extra special and meaningful for her. He surprised her by making sure that her dressing room at the AMAs was covered with dozens of roses for her after her amazing return. Justin is happy for her because he knows how many countless hours of rehearsal Selena put into this performance. He is pleased too that after all of her health problems, Selena is finally moving forward and getting back to performing for her fans,” the source said.
“If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken,” Selena said at the AMAs last year.
Selena Gomez is no stranger to the AMAs. Last year, she made her first public appearance after entering treatment for her Lupus at the end of August 2016 by showing up at the awards ceremony. The Texas native won Favorite Female Artist in the Pop/Rock category that year and moved the audience with her acceptance speech. “I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” she said. “And I kept it together enough where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together, to where I let myself down.”