In a festive and unexpected twist, Mariah Carey treated her New York City audience to a spectacular Christmas surprise during her recent show.
The iconic singer welcomed fellow powerhouse vocalists, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, to the stage at Madison Square Garden, where they delivered a live performance of their collaborative holiday song, “Oh Santa!”
Expressing her excitement to the audience, Carey teased the surprise, saying, “This is unexpected but amazing.
We have two Christmas angels here to sing a song called ‘Oh Santa’ with me. And you wouldn’t believe it.” Grande and Hudson then made their entrance to cheers from the crowd.
The trio delighted the audience with a captivating performance, trading verses and harmonizing seamlessly. Carey, known for her impressive vocal range, effortlessly hit the signature whistle notes, as captured in fan footage from the unforgettable night.
Originally released in 2010, Carey revamped “Oh Santa!” in 2020, featuring Grande and Hudson. The song became part of Carey’s Magical Christmas Special and its accompanying soundtrack.
Having initiated her Christmas shows in 2014 with mini-residencies at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Carey expanded her holiday performances to Las Vegas, Europe, and North America over the years. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, she resumed her festive live shows, focusing on New York and Toronto last winter.
Currently underway, Carey’s “Merry Christmas One and All!” tour will make stops in Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore next week before concluding with a grand finale at Madison Square Garden on December 17.
The unexpected collaboration with Grande and Hudson added an extra layer of joy to an already magical holiday season for fans in attendance.