Perhaps you’ve heard: Madonna has new music out right now, and it’s been very well-received by fans. The sultry, mid-tempo and cha-cha-tastic banger “Medellín,” featuring 25-year-old Colombian heartthrob Maluma, has gotten positive-to-glowing reviews from critics, and seems destined to top charts around the world.
On Friday, The Queen of Pop announced she will perform the summer-y, sexy track live with Maluma at the Billboard Music Awards. Hosted by Grammy-winner Kelly Clarkson, the awards show will be broadcast on May 1 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on NBC.
This will be the first time Madonna has performed new music on TV in over four years, since the Rebel Heart era. Earlier this month, Madonna announced she will perform at the Eurovision finale in Tel Aviv May 18.
Madonna last performed at the BBMAs in 2016, donning a ruffled purple suit in a tribute to Prince.
This year’s telecast won’t skimp on high-profile performers. The lineup also includes Jonas Brothers, BTS with Halsey, Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Khalid, Panic! at the Disco and Sam Smith and Normani. The recipient of this year’s ICON award will be Mariah Carey, also slated to perform.
It’ll be interesting to see Madonna and Mariah in the same room together. In 1995, Madonna infamously told the press: “Mariah isn’t particularly smart. I’d rather kill myself than be Mariah Carey.”
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