Selena Gomez Gives a Serious Performance of 'Wolves' at the AMAs After Kidney Transplant
For the first time since her kidney transplant, Selena Gomez returned to the stage at the 2017 American Music Awards to perform her new hit "Wolves"
Wearing a sexy white slip, sneakers with socks and a $19,500 Tiffany & Co. diamond cross pendant around her neck, the star kicked off her performance by crawling across the stage.
Gomez’s knees were faux-scraped and her face also featured fake blood near her hairline. After she finished, the singer — whose all-female backup dancers grabbed at her and later carried her during the performance —remained serious and gave a slight shrug while the audience cheered.
“My first performance in over a year.. the AMAs have been a place where I’ve shared some of my most intimate moments. Heart wants what it wants, after treatment and now Wolves. This Sunday,” she wrote.
The AMAs are all about milestones for Gomez, who made her return to the spotlight at the annual awards show last November to accept the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist after a two-month hiatus to address anxiety, panic attacks and depression stemming from her Lupus diagnosis.
“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I liked it or not,” Gomez began her liberating and candid speech. “And I had to stop. Because I had everything — and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”
“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” she continued, with her hand on her heart. “I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say is I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every single day with people that I love. And I have to say thank you so much to my fans, because you guys are so damn loyal, and I don’t know what I did to deserve you.”
“But if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken,” she concluded. “And if that’s anything, whether you respect me or not, that’s one thing you should know about me is, I care about people. And thank you so much for this. This is for you.”
Just two years earlier at the 2014 AMAs, the star debuted her single “The Heart Wants What It Wants” in an emotional performance, breaking down mid-performance as she sang the song’s lyrics — which were evidently inspired by her on-again-off-again relationship Justin Bieber, whom she recently reunited with following her split from The Weeknd.