Though merely 10-seconds long, listeners can clearly pin-point Cabello's trademark trill in the audio preview, which the hacker group Music Mafia reportedly leaked on Saturday (August 18). Unlike Grande's original, however, what's not as familiar with the 21-year-old's rendition are the verses leading into the chorus and the added drum beats sparsed throughout.
Hear the (super-short) snippet of Camila's version below:
Surprisingly, this isn't the first time the former Harmonizer's demos of other chart-topping hits have leaked. Before Halsey became the female voice of The Chainsmokers' 2016 Song of Summer hit "Closer," Cabello was offered the part — which she turned down because she was still with Fifth Harmony at the time. (Listen to her demo here.)
In April 2018, it was revealed that she had also recorded for Zedd's major bop "The Middle," but opted out because she didn't want anything to overshadow the success of her No. 1 song "Havana." Conveniently, the tune became Texas-bred singer Maren Morris' breakout.
As you know, the record ultimately ended up on Grande's Sweetener record, and some fans were heartbroken over this. "So first camila rejected closer, then the middle and now god is a woman, sis already lost 3 hits i don’t know how to feel about it," tweeted one fan. Others seemed willing to forgive considering a potential collab between the two.
Grande will be performing the "God Is a Woman" live at this year's 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, where both she and Cabello are up for five honors, including Video of the Year and Artist of the Year.
The VMAs kick-off live Monday (August 20) at 9:00 PM EST from Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
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