Christmas just came early for fans of Mariah Carey … and Jennifer Hudson … and Ariana Grande!
The three vocal powerhouses have debuted a brand-new collaboration just in time for the release of Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special, performing Carey's "Oh Santa!" The new track comes 10 years after the song first debuted as part of Carey's second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You.
In the festive music video, Carey, 50, uses a little holiday magic to conjure up Hudson, 39, and Grande, 27, to join her in a workshop-style room full of giant presents, toy soldiers and dancing elves.
The women — with Hudson and Grande dressed in emerald green, perfectly complementing Carey's red-and-black ensemble — perform together from a circular stage in the center of the room (using gold microphones, naturally), while the elves continue to dance around them. They're even joined at one point by Carey's 9½-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe!
In a particularly memorable segment near the end of the video, Carey unleashes her signature whistle register, which is expertly followed up by impressive notes from both Hudson and Grande.
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After first teasing a collaboration in October, Carey confirmed that Grande and Hudson would be joining her in her AppleTV+ holiday special last month.
"Let's get festive!!!" the legendary songstress wrote on Twitter, revealing the glittery poster for the special..
The official summary of the special says that "faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there's only one person who can save the day: Santa's great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry."
Magical Christmas Special will also include guest appearances from Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland, and Mykal-Michelle Harris — plus Carey's twins, whom she shares with ex-husband Nick Cannon.
In a recent interview for Elle's special digital holiday edition, Carey opened up about why Christmas is such an important time for her. She described herself as "eternally 12" and said the holiday season is "maybe the one time that I got to breathe for a second."
"After I kind of emerged from my first relationship-slash-marriage [to Tommy Mottola] I created the Christmases that I wanted to have," she told the magazine, adding of her troubled childhood, "A lot of very bad stuff happened to me when I was 12. But also, there is the spirit of that kid, that fighter who doesn't give up, who does embrace who she is, even though the world didn't understand that from my point of view."
As for her annual Christmas celebration, the mother of two explained, "I literally go to a snowy place. Reindeer are there — I'm not making this up. Santa Claus comes, hangs out with the kids. And by the way, even if I didn't have kids, I would be doing this."
"Oh Santa!" and its music video are streaming now on Apple Music and other music services. The companion soundtrack for Carey's special is available on Apple Music now, and will be available on other platforms Dec. 11.
Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special is streaming now on AppleTV+.
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