Ariana Grande served up a sensational musical treat at iHeartRadio’s KIIS FM Wango Tango 2018 by AT&T on Saturday night (June 2). The four-time Grammy-nominated songstress debuted a live performance of her highly-anticipated Nicki Minaj collab single “The Light is Coming” from her upcoming fourth studio album, Sweetener.
In a video clip of her performance, Grande struts across the stage, dancing alongside her team of perfectly-synced male dancers for the upbeat, rhythmic song, which is sonically different than previous records, as is the creative direction of the album overall. She shared her request to co-producer Pharrell Williams in a Fader interview, revealing that she told him, “Take me somewhere completely new – let’s just go.”
Minaj is a longtime friend and collaborator of Grande’s. The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer also spoke fondly of Minaj’s contribution to the track in the interview saying, “I went in slippers and pajamas to the studio and she killed it. That’s what Nicki Minaj does, she elevates a record. If you’re going to have a rapper on a song, they need to really, really, really be there for a reason, and she does that every single time.”
Minaj can be heard on the track’s first verse. Grande delivers the hopeful promise in the chorus loud and clear “The light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole.”
Grande teased a snippet of the track on Instagram in the week leading up to her Wango Tango performance. The song title also flashed across screens at the end of her sizzling hot 2018 Billboard Music Awards live show-opening set. The pop superstar dished several details about Sweetener during a visit to “The Tonight Show” last month, including the album title, which is meant to describe “sweetening a situation,” and she also named several of the tracks including “The Light is Coming.” Sweetener is slated for a Summer 2018 release.
Watch Ariana Grande’s “The Light is Coming” Wango Tango debut in the video embedded above and check out the preview snippet she shared on Instagram below. Stay tuned to AXS for Ariana Grande updates.