The singer tapped into her inner Marilyn Monroe-via-Madonna with her performance, undoubtedly inspired by a combination of the former’s iconic ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ role and the latter’s classic “Material Girl” music video.
“Every time I’ve performed this song I’ve done something different,” Camila Cabello said of her Hot 100-topping smash “Havana,” before performing the song live at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards. “And tonight is gonna be totally different, too.”
Cabello tapped into her inner Marilyn Monroe-via-Madonna with her performance — wearing a pink dress and sleeves, and with top-hatted backing dancers, all undoubtedly inspired by a combination of the former’s iconic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes role and the latter’s classic “Material Girl” music video. And Young Thug gave fans a special treat by showing up to perform his guest verse on the song, carrying a pink rose to match Cabello and the set.
“It just takes me to that really sexy, sensual place,” Cabello explained of the song before the performance, also commenting, “My grandmother loves that song!”
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This story first appeared on Billboard.com.