Mariah Carey, the undisputed Queen of Christmas, delighted fans during her Madison Square Garden concert on Saturday night with a surprise gift. The popstar treated the audience to an early Christmas present by bringing out Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson for a live performance. The festive trio, dubbed "Christmas angels" by Carey, donned holiday-themed mini-dresses and delivered a special rendition of their collaborative holiday song, "Oh Santa."
Carey took a moment during her Merry Christmas One and All! tour to announce the "unexpected yet amazing" treat, showcasing the powerhouse trio's performance on stage. Later, she expressed her gratitude on Instagram, calling Hudson and Grande the "gorgeous and talented Christmas angels" who joined her for the live rendition of "Oh Santa! (Remix)."
Hudson and Grande also shared their appreciation on social media, with Hudson resharing Carey's post and Grande posting a photo of the performance on her Instagram Story, expressing her love for Carey and thanking her for the special moment.
The iconic holiday song "Oh Santa" was originally released in 2010 on Carey's second Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You. A decade later, it received a girl-group-inspired remix for Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, featuring Hudson and Grande as guests. Their live performance in New York included harmonized whistle notes, adding an extra layer of excitement to the classic holiday bop.
Reflecting on the collaboration, Carey shared in a 2020 interview with EW that she always envisioned the song as a group number. She described the moment as special and noted the unique approach to reinventing the song with the incredible women, emphasizing the joy of creating a girls' group dynamic on stage. As Mariah Carey continues to be the gift that keeps on giving, fans eagerly anticipate her next surprise.