Wow @ Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo's Untelevised, Surprise Met Gala Duet

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Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo Duet at the MetKevin Mazur/MG24 - Getty Images

Surprise! Ariana Grande performed at the Met Gala Monday night, gracing the fashionable crowd with a collection of her own hits, including a rendition of Sleeping Beauty’s “Once Upon a Dream,” and a duet of The Prince of Egypt’s “When You Believe” with her Wicked co-star Cynthia Erivo.

Fans were shocked to wake up this morning and find videos of the performance posted online. While there aren’t any full recordings of the entire set, Ariana did share clips on her TikTok. She started with a dramatic entrance paying homage to the exhibit, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” and then serenaded the audience with “Once Upon a Dream” from Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty.

On stage, Ariana wore a dreamy, transparent Maison Margiela dress by John Galliano. “How I wept in our fitting!!!!” she shared in her caption. The look aligned with her overall theatrical production, which featured dancers who looked like they came right out of a fairy tale.

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When it came to Ariana's set list, songs included “Into You,” “Yes, And?” “We Can’t Be Friends,” and “Seven Rings.”

Perhaps the highlight of the performance was Ariana's duet with Cynthia, who joined her on stage to sing “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. While the song appears in the 1998 animated film, it was also recorded by powerhouse vocalists Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston around the same time. The Wicked co-stars showed off their own incredible vocals as they riffed and harmonized to perfection.

This actually marks the first time the public has heard them perform together, before they grace the screen as Elphaba and Glinda when the Wicked film hits theaters in November.

Ariana shared a touching tribute to Cynthia on social media, writing, “Thank you to the divine and magical @cynthiaerivo for joining me in the end and for lighting up the museum brighter than any star in the sky ever could. It was my honor to have you and to sing with you as always.”

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Cynthia also shared kind words about Ariana and their vocal chemistry while speaking to Jimmy Fallon in December. “I don’t know that we realized that our voices would fit so well together,” she said. “Our voices are very, very different. But when we sing together, it just works.”

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