Mariah Carey had everyone guessing in October when she posted an image of three directors’ chairs on Twitter. One had the initials “MC” (pretty obvious), while the others sported the letters “AG” and “JH.”
It didn’t take long for Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson to be revealed as the people who belonged beside Carey in those chairs, and it’s now confirmed that the three artists collaborated on a very special project.
Here’s that mysterious tweet from Oct. 9, which Carey captioned with a simple Christmas tree emoji.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 9, 2020
The trio filmed a music video for their new Christmas song, “Oh Santa!”, which is part of the soundtrack for “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” a holiday TV extravaganza that premiered in all its wacky, glittery glory on Dec. 4 on Apple TV+.
That day, viewers were the first to enjoy the flirty, fun new holiday track featuring these three powerhouse vocalists. At the end of the new tune, Grande even hits some of Carey’s famous high notes with her!
In the music video, the ladies’ festive bop is enough to cause all the toy-making elves in Santa’s workshop to break into dance. Check out the video for “Oh Santa!” and see if it’ll do the same for you:
Around mid-November, Carey began officially teasing the TV special on Twitter.
“Let’s get festive!!!” Carey wrote along with the poster, which sees the star perched on a decorative wreath dressed in red — a completely natural look for the Queen of Christmas, right?
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) November 18, 2020
Hudson and Grande also shared the news about the collaboration on Twitter.
“It’s official!!” Hudson tweeted. “I can finally tell you all that I will be in @MariahCarey’s Christmas special coming to @AppleTV on December 4th!”
Thank you so much for having me Mariah! Mark your calendars Team JHud 🎄 pic.twitter.com/5iLhNOesse
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) November 18, 2020
Grande took to Twitter, too, and joked that she’s “not okay nor will i ever recover.”
According to the official summary of the special as reported by People, the show presents a world in which there’s a “holiday cheer crisis” and the only person who can save the day is “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,” the description concludes.
If that doesn’t get you into the festive mood, nothing will! “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” is currently available to stream on Apple TV+.