Selena Gomez will make her first public performance since undergoing a kidney transplant over the summer when she takes the stage at the 2017 American Music Awards next month. Announced on Friday, Gomez is the first artist revealed to perform at the upcoming awards show, which will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19.
Friday’s announcement seemed to help start the next chapter for Gomez, who has been keeping a low profile since her surgery. Performed without any big announcement, her kidney transplant procedure was a life-saving decision as a result of her battle with lupus. A preview of Gomez’ upcoming appearance on Today aired on Friday morning, where she and her kidney donor/best friend opened up about each of their life-changing experiences for the first time since she revealed the incredible gesture via her Instagram.
“My kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life,” she can be heard emotionally saying in a clip from the upcoming interview seen below. “And she volunteered and did it."
Gomez was most likely in a more celebratory mood on Friday, as she and rising EDM DJ Marshmello released their collaborative single, “Wolves.” The television premiere of the new song will also take place during the AMAs broadcast.
This year’s American Music Awards will feature winners in 28 different categories, with artists including Drake, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line and Rihanna all earning plenty of nominations. Drake is up against The Chainsmokers, Kendrick Lamar, Mars and Sheeran in the “Artist of the Year” category, while Rihanna will be competing in votes against Alessia Cara and mother monster herself in Lady Gaga for “Favorite Female Artist in Pop/Rock.”
Tickets for the 44th American Music Awards on Nov. 19 are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.