If you don’t know who Normani is it’s time for you to get a clue. The former Fifth Harmony member has been tearing the charts up since last year. First there was her collaboration on the song “Love Lies” with Khalid. That pushed her into the spotlight with songs like “Waves” with 6lack and “Dancing with a Stranger” with Sam Smith. All of these songs have charted high on Billboard. Recently Normani dropped the song “Motivation” with a music video which is a single off of her debut album. Just when we thought she couldn’t get any better she gives us this gem.
The music video for “Motivation” has already reached well over 20 million views on YouTube in less than a week! In the video Normani not only shows off her vocal skills but comes to slay with her amazing dancing. Literally the choreography alone can be its own video. She’s joined by many backup dancers who seem as though they aren’t being outshined by Normani but are simply having a good time dancing along to the catchy tune. Watching it gives me a 90s/early 2000s vibe considering that she starts the video off with a version of her younger self watching BET’s “106 & Park” which was notorious for showing the top 10 most requested hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and dancehall music videos of the day. In certain parts of the video Normani paid tribute to her inspirations such as Beyoncé (just watch the flawless choreography of Normani dancing in the rain that gives off “Crazy in Love” vibes).
This seems to be an exciting time for the singer, and fans couldn’t be happier for her. Many view this as Normani’s moment to shine, seeing as though she seemed to be very underrated when she was in Fifth Harmony. Normani has definitely shown that she is here to stay without even having released a debut album. But the question remains, when will she released her first solo project? Recently, Normani told Fader that she “wants to make records that I’m really proud of at the end of the day, and something that me and my best friends would jam out to in the car. …I want to incorporate that Southern feel because I’m a Southern girl.” Normani, who has roots in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston, is paving the way for Black girls and boys just like Beyoncé did for her. From what we’ve seen and heard of her so far, Normani’s debut album will be sure to please.
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By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep