Normani has thrived since leaving Fifth Harmony, having released a handful successful singles, including her latest, “Motivation.” She had a big-moment with the track tonight, as she got to perform it during the 2019 MTV VMAs. Normani and a group dancers took to a pink (and perhaps non-regulation) basketball court stage setup for a riveting performance the track. “Motivation,” by the way, was written by Ariana Grande, meaning that Normani has the honor being the first artist for whom Grande has written a song.
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Normani has performed at the VMAs before (as part Fifth Harmony), but this is her first time taking the stage by herself. Ahead the performance, she revealed in an interview that she was feeling great about it, saying, “I feel like I should be more nervous than I am, but I’m excited. This is a moment that I’ve been waiting for for such a long time, and I feel like there’s so much bottled up in me that the world has yet to experience. So I’m more excited than anything just to be like, ‘This is who I am, this is who I’ve known that I was all along.”
Aside from performing, Normani earned herself a nomination tonight as well, as her 6lack collaboration “Waves” is up for Best R&B.
Watch Normani’s performance above, and find the full list this year’s nominees here.