Selena Gomez will return to the public eye in a major appearance with her upcoming performance at the 2017 American Music Awards. She will be performing for the first time since undergoing kidney transplant surgery.
Dick Clark Productions and ABC Network officially announced the news in a press release on October 26, Thursday. Gomez took to social media and tweeted the announcement as well, expressing her excitement to perform her latest single ‘Wolves.’ The annual awards show has been set for November 19, Sunday, in Los Angeles.
The 25-year-old singer’s upcoming performance will be her third taking to the stage for the yearly event. In 2015, Gomez had a live performance of her pop single “Same Old Love”; she offered an emotional cover of her love song “The Heart Wants What It Wants” in 2014.
Gomez took a break from her career earlier this year after undergoing surgery for a kidney transplant. Her best friend, actress Francia Raisa, had been her donor.
“I’m very aware some of my fans 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,” Gomez wrote as caption for an Instagram post she shared in September of herself and Raisa as they held hands while wearing hospital gowns. “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’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 A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Sep 14, 2017 at 3:07am PDT
After the procedure, the “Bad Liar” songstress reportedly connected once more with ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber, to “make peace," as noted by Us Weekly.
“He has been great to her since her surgery and they are on good terms right now. They got back in touch recently through her friends and have seen each other at church,” a source for Us Weekly said.
The 2017 American Music Awards is set to air on ABC on November 19, Sunday, at 8 p.m. ET.