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Selena Gomez Returned To The AMAs After Her Kidney Transplant For Her Only Performance Of The Year

Watch her moody performance of "Wolves."

Selena Gomez sang her new single "Wolves" at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. The performance was meaningful for the singer, as it was her first since undergoing a kidney transplant this summer. As friend and fellow artist Julia Michaels explained while introducing her, it's also "her only television performance of the year."


Gomez, who debuted her new blond hair at the show, performed the song in a moody set piece which seemed to take place in the aftermath of a car crash. Energetic dancers surrounded Gomez in the foggy forest setting, while Marshmello (who is featured on the track) played drums in the background.

When the performance was over, Gomez gave a modest shrug and thanked the audience for their applause. It was undoubtedly a powerful moment for her fans to see her take the stage again after learning of the singer's transplant journey.

Gomez, who revealed she has lupus in 2015, received a kidney from her friend, actress Francia Raisa. "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me," Gomez wrote in her Instagram post revealing the transplant earlier this year. In March, the singer donated to the Keck School of Medicine to start the Selena Gomez Fund For Lupus Research.

Sunday night wasn't Gomez's first meaningful moment at the AMAs. Last year, following an announcement that she was taking a break to deal with anxiety and depression associated with her condition, Gomez delivered an emotional speech in which she told fans, "If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken."

Although she hasn't been making as many live appearances in recent months, Gomez has still been hard at work on her music, releasing several new singles and music videos this year. She also executive produced the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why.

Whenever Gomez is ready to drop her next album (or deliver her next performance), we'll be ready to listen.

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