Singer, actor, producer - Selena Gomez can do it all. On the multi-threat's 25th birthday, we compiled a comprehensive look at Selena's music career, including a major throwback to her days with The Scene.
“Naturally” hits in December 2009
Eight years ago, Selena officially emerged onto the music scene as Selena Gomez & The Scene. Tween fans can’t forget the band's first single, “Naturally,” and the many hits that followed. Here’s a little flashback to jog your memory.
"Come And Get It" drops
In February of 2012, Selena announced that she and The Scene were separating. While Selena took time off to focus on acting, she eventually made her comeback with "Come And Get It." The fiery hit was her debut solo single and hit No. 6 on the Hot 100 chart.
Her heart-crushing performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants”
In November of 2014, Selena appeared at the American Music Awards where she gave a heart-wrenching performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” With its accompanying cryptic music video, fans speculated that the song was about Justin Bieber. Her performance answered those questions and made the room tear up as angel wings and roses exploded behind her. In a video diary of the big day, Selena prepares for the performance and talks about the emotions she went through to get on stage and perform the song (with tears).
Collaboration with Zedd sparks dating rumors
According to EDM producer Zedd, the pair met in a very random way: "Our studios are right across the street from each other, and I just went to the bathroom and ran into her at the studio." Shortly after, Selena posted a photo of the duo on Instagram, which inferred that they were working together. A few months later, "I Want You To Know" was released and soon, the rumor mill started whispering about a possible relationship between the two.
Killing it on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion runway
In 2015, a month after Selena released her second album “Revival," she took the Victoria’s Secret stage to sing “Hands To Myself” and her girl anthem “Me & My Girls.” The singer killed her performance, adding super adorable moments with the angels walking by her. Interestingly, The Weeknd was another performer booked for the show. At the time, he was dating Bella Hadid, whose sister Gigi commented on the awkwardness of walking past The Weeknd in her minimal outfit. Selena and The Weeknd didn’t sparks any rumors in 2015, but they had a small appearance together toward the end during the grand finale. Little did we know that they would start dating only two years later, after The Weeknd’s breakup with Bella, who walked past him in the 2016 show.
A steamy Saturday Night Live performance
In January 2016, Selena took on the role of musical guest when she appeared on Saturday Night Live. Selena brought her “Hands To Myself” music video to life by dancing around a dark bed on the SNL stage with a male and female dancer. She also sang a medley of “Same Old Love” and “Good For You” in front of 12 snapping backup dancers.
A hilarious cameo on “Inside Amy Schumer”
Amy Schumer brought on Selena for an interesting cameo on her Comedy Central show where she plays the lead singer of “Selena and the Schume-tones.” In a subtle ode to Selena Gomez and The Scene, Gomez has a few lines where she tries to instill some common sense into Amy, which made for some hilarious comedy.
Bringing Charlie Puth on stage
“We Don’t Talk Anymore” was a huge hit for Charlie Puth and Selena, who recorded her vocals in a closet. But the chemistry didn’t stay in the closet for these two. Charlie, who has a history of being flirty on stage, was stuck to his piano in Anaheim, California when Selena brought him out, but looking at this video, there seemed to be some heat coming off them both.
From her origins on "Wizards of Waverly Place" to her latest single "Fetish," we can't wait to see what our favorite pop star will bring this year. Happy birthday Selena!