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Selena Gomez to Perform For First Time Since Kidney Transplant

The pop star will perform at this year's American Music Awards

October 26, 2017

Selena Gomez dropped a new single yesterday (October 25), and now it’s been confirmed that she will perform that track at the 2017 American Music Awards. The performance will mark her first since undergoing a kidney transplant earlier this year.

The 23-year-old pop star, who has always been open about her battle with Lupus, shared the news of her kidney transplant on Instagram last month. It’s not clear when the transplant took place, but her friend, Francia Raisa (an actress on The Secret Life of the American Teenager), was the donor.

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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Selena’s new single, "Wolves," is a collaboration with Marshmello. The powerful vocals shine through on the track. Listen below:


Meanwhile, Selena will likely be cheering on her boyfriend at the American Music Awards next month. The Weeknd is up for several of the night’s big awards including favorite pop/rock album and collaboration of the year (with Daft Punk) for “Starboy.”

The American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 19. The ceremony, which airs on ABC, begins at 8pm ET.