Camila Cabello lived up to her promise to do something “totally different” for her “Havana” performance during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday. The iHeartRadio Fan Girls Award winner channeled a mix of Madonna and Marilyn Monroe as she commanded the stage in a pink satin gown with matching long gloves and thigh-high boots. Tuxedo-bearing back-up dancers accompanied her. (Catch a clip of her performance below.)
Cabello delighted the audience as she danced across the stage in sultry-yet-elegant form. The former Fifth Harmony member has enjoyed massive success with her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping hit and it’s obvious she loves to perform it – and make it interesting for her fans, by changing up her presentation of the song each time.
Monroe’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and Madonna’s “Material Girl” video were obvious influences for Cabello’s stunning iHeartRadio Music Awards performance. In video commentary before she took the stage Cabello said, “It just takes me to that really sexy, sensual place. My grandmother loves that song!”
Cabello was nominated for multiple awards this year including Best New Pop Artist, Best Solo Breakout and Best Remix for “Havana” featuring Daddy Yankee. Emmy-winning actress Laverne Cox presented her with the first-ever Fan Girls Award from L’Oreal Paris.
The “Bad Things” songstress sent an empowering message to her fans in her acceptance speech saying, “It’s people like Laverne that inspire me to be brave and inspire us all to be brave. I hope I can do that for my fans too and I hope all of you know that no matter where you come from, where you come from doesn’t determine where you’re going. I really want all of you to remember that you can do anything you set your mind to …” (Watch her entire Fan Girls acceptance speech in the video embedded above).
Cabello’s iHeartRadio Music Awards performance follows the release of her artsy and flirtatious new music video for “Never Be the Same,” which is the second single from her chart-topping self-titled debut solo album. Camila Cabello will make a stop at Terminal 5 in New York on May 4 on the Never Be The Same Tour. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).