Nelly Furtado took a temporary hiatus after dropping her Spanish album Mi Plan back in 2009 and finally resurfaced for a live performance of her new single, “Big Hoops,” at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards last night on ABC.
The 33-year-old singer swapped her bohemian look for a varsity jacket, thick-framed glasses, and chunky Mr. T-inspired jewerly. While we were slightly distracted by her new look and the dancers in tribal, Crayola-like outfits waving yellow hula-hoops (seriously?), it’s her sound that really captivated us.
The Canadian singer’s songs are known for their infectious rhythms that leave us playing her tracks on repeat. Furtado developed a unique fusion of reggae, pop, and folk and owned it in tracks like, “Turn of the Light” and “Maneater.”
The new single off of her upcoming fifth studio album The Spirit Indestructible (to drop June 19) proves she's still got it. The hook on the track is catchy and her chorus develops into a female chant of empowerment.
We'll definitely be adding “Big Hoops” to our playlist of Furtado’s oldies to hold us over until her album drops. Watch her performance at the Billboard Awards below and let us know what you think!