There to perform her record-breaking single, “Motivation” , the former Fifth Harmony member strutted on stage in a velour tracksuit, a one-shoulder bra top, and high top Air Force 1s. The man behind her outfit?
normani kordei hamilton – Normani Releases ‘Motivation’ Video
Born in Atlanta, Normani grew up in New Orleans before moving to Houston at 9 years old with her family after Hurricane Katrina. The day after a stunning performance of two new songs at Tidal X — her very first solo performance showcasing her own music, if you can believe it — Normani arrives at the PAPER office looking about as stripped down as a pop star can be, with little to no makeup and a hoodie to match. Normani the performer is fiercely present, with a multi-dimensional voice and dance prowess matched by few modern singers of her peer group. Normani the person, then, is surprisingly soft spoken, a fact she acknowledges with a smile when I move my phone closer to her to better capture a recording of our conversation.
The video opens with a young girl playing Normani as a teenager as she excitedly watches BET’s classic countdown show 106 & Park in her livingroom. As she gazes up, she fantasizes about the hosts introducing “the number one video in the world right now,” and announcing her name as the artist.
Although highly-anticipated, fans should probably expect news of a tour to emerge after Normani’s debut album finally drops. However, the U.S. star has been keeping herself busy on the road, and recently joined Ariana Grande as a support act for the first leg of The Sweetener World Tour. Following their brief stint on tour, the singers also recently teased an upcoming music collaboration on Instagram. In the post, the vocalists can be heard singing in perfect harmony , however, the track is yet to receive an official release date.
Gucci did it again a year later when he dropped two more studio albums with Mr. Davis and El Gato: The Human Glacier. Mr. Davis debuted at No. 2 and boasted a stellar list of guest features and production credits including Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Hitmaka, Danja, former NBA player Chris Bosh and more. For El Gato, Gucci kept it to a minimum and found his lane taking on the rhymes on his own and enlisting Southside as the sole producer of the album. Each of the four albums were well-received by fans and critics and cracked the top 30 of the Billboard 200 with Everybody Looking becoming his highest charting album.
Thank you! The record was pretty much done when I first heard it. The label had presented it to me, but you never know what’s going to happen with these things. It’s a weird situation: I’ve been making music for seven years but this is my first time venturing out solo. I was looking for something upbeat: a song that would let me showcase everything I’m capable of from a performance standpoint, and with this song, I realised I had the opportunity to do that. Ariana wrote on the record, and she was super excited when they told her that I went in to listen to it. She was so encouraging.
She’s also won over Queen Bey herself with her performance ability. In February, at a private Roc Nation Brunch in Los Angeles, Beyoncé hugged and told both Normani and Khalid (a singer who has collaborated with Normani for the song, ” Love Lies “) that she was proud of them.
For days, fans of the singer speculated that Kordei would be tapped to join the singer’s tour, but now the news is official. Another win for the 5H performer? She’s opening up Ariana Grande on her upcoming “Sweetener” tour, so fans can probably expect some more music from Normani once the tour starts in March.
Normani appears to pay tribute to Beyoncé, Britney Spears and other 1990s and 2000s icons in the video. She wears a white tank top and denim shorts at one point that resemble Beyoncé’s look in her “Crazy in Love” video.
The song was inspired by Normani’s New Orleans roots, but the video is an homage to pop stars of the early 2000s, with a number of intricately choreographed dances that are reminiscent of Beyonce’s early solo work.
This is not to suggest that Normani is a malleable industry product, it’s just that she’s very fucking good at what she does. She proved herself seven years ago as a 16-year-old singer and dancer on The X Factor USA – winding up in the show’s breakout girl group Fifth Harmony. That quintet (which became a four piece following the departure of pop heavyweight Camilla Cabello in 2016) achieved international success and then, in March 2018, announced an indefinite hiatus.
Twerking on a chain-link fence; doing a split on concrete in the rain; bouncing a basketball off multiple body parts, between effortless pirouettes: When Normani released the music video for her irresistible single Motivation” in August, the message was clear. Not only could she sing — she could also really, really dance.
The musician recently performed at Alexander Wang’s party with Bulgari , bringing her dance moves and excellent taste to the NYFW scene. Before she hit the stage at the former Henri Bendel store, Normani gave Vogue an exclusive look at how she gets ready for an event of this scale.
Before going away, Wayne recorded material that formed into his eighth studio album, I Am Not A Human Being. The album was another success for the Young Money boss, as it debuted at No. 2 and later topped the charts thanks to its physical release. This made Wayne the first hip-hop artist since 2Pac released Me Against The World in 1994 to have a No. 1 album while incarcerated. The album received favorable reviews from critics and earned a Top 10 hit with its lead single Right Above It” featuring Drake.
Channeling the choreo (and swag) of a bevy of 2000s-era pop stars, the vid gets absolutely everything right. It opens with a young Normani watching BET’s “106 and Park,” and quickly segues to a fantasy sequence in which the grown-up singer pays dance-filled tribute to the iconic music videos of her childhood.
It turns out, the 23-year-old is all about focusing on herself these days. She hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone recently. When she was on the X Factor in 2012, she was rumored to be dating contestant Arin Ray. The two reportedly split in 2013, then she became linked to bandmate Dinah Jane’s cousin Thomas Hansen. Normani was also rumored to be dating her Dancing with the Stars partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy in 2017, as well as actor Kendrick Sampson. However, the singer has never denied or confirmed any of these relationships.
Former Fifth Harmony member Normani dropped the video for her song ‘Motivation’ to much acclaim on Friday, and it’s now the number one most added song on pop radio in the United States. Normani is paying tribute to the artists that inspired her to pursue her dream with a catchy new single, “Motivation,” which dropped on Thursday along with an epic music video.
Kordei was one of the heavy favorites on Season 24 in spring 2017 with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, but the pair finished in third place. Dancing” was keen to have another member of Fifth Harmony on the show and actually extended an invite to Brooke last year, she revealed. But she turned it down to focus on her solo career because she had just gotten signed (Fifth Harmony is currently on hiatus).
Since pop group Fifth Harmony disbanded in March 2018, former member Normani Kordei has emerged as a breakout solo artist, wowing audiences with her performance skills. So it’s no surprise that fans on Twitter have already started comparing her to one of music’s elite performers, Beyoncé, who just so happens to be one of Normani’s idols.
In 1999, Nas was going through an intriguing phase in his career. After the commercial and critical success of his sophomore album, It Was Written, the Queens MC began work on his third studio album, I Am… The Autobiography. It was intended to be a double album that told his story from birth through the afterlife, but an internet leak forced Nas to record new material to replace the songs that were shared online – making him one of the first artists to have his music leaked by MP3 technology. The end result would be the creation of Nas’ third and fourth studio albums, I Am… and Nastradamus.
Normani is honoring icons that came before her, but “Motivation” is also her warning that she’s the rightful heir to pop’s throne. It’s a shift for an industry that tends to favor light-skinned Black women artists. It’s rare that a dark-skinned Black woman is the center of contemporary pop music’s attention. Although the success of lighter-skinned artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj was groundbreaking, dark-skinned Black women still had a hard time truly seeing themselves represented in music. But Normani is proving there’s space for them, too.
The breakout pop and R&B singer, formerly of the girl group Fifth Harmony, modeled a printed bra, underwear, matching gloves, and black tights for the show, but rather than doing a typical runway strut, she delivered a fierce dance performance (to Sean Paul’s “Get Busy”) that left viewers in complete awe.
Normani was set to perform at the awards ceremony after recently releasing her latest music video Motivation, which pays homage to her own pop inspirations. Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei is going solo — with some help from Solange.
Normani rose to prominence in 2012 as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. Following the band’s indefinite hiatus in 2018, she released a number of collaborations with other artists, including Love Lies” with Khalid and Dancing With a Stranger” with Sam Smith.
Nevertheless, hoards of fans are trying to recreate the physics-defying basketball twerk in Normani’s hit Motivation” music video The ’90s-inspired jam has the internet in a tizzy, especially over the former Fifth Harmony singer and dancer’s seriously-baller move.
Future became the first artist in Billboard’s history to have two albums top the charts in successive weeks with this pair of releases in 2017. FUTURE finds the Atlanta native tapping into his fiery, no-nonsense trap persona, rapping about money and warning his enemies. Through 17 featureless tracks, Future weaves his way through the heavy trunk-rattling production of Metro Boomin’, 808 Mafia, !llmind, and more. There are a number of fun records on the album like Draco” and Super Trapper,” but the five times platinum Mask Off” was the breakaway hit on the album.
The music video starts with a child version of Normani watching 106 & Park, the music video countdown show that ran on BET from 2000 to 2014, and then shows grown-up Normani recreating scenes from some classic videos from the last two decades.
Released on Friday, the track has already been added to top pop stations across America, including Z100 in New York, New York and KIIS LA in Los Angeles, California. The music video has clocked up over 19 million views and was the number one trending video on YouTube over the weekend.
The video starts with an ode to the legendary 106 & Park — which was BET’s TRL but Blacker and better — as a pre-stardom Normani watches the music video countdown show in her mom’s living room. But when she realises that it’s her track that’s made it to the no. 1 spot, we enter a dreamscape in which the former Fifth Harmony member unleashes a bevy of Brown Skin Girl” excellence.
BET’s music countdown show is the basis for the visual. A teenage girl is shown running into her living room, and she is eager to see if one of her favorite music videos will be shown. To her delight, Terrence J and Rocsi announce that Normani’s video will be playing.