Normani on Her Moment With Rihanna and Her Friendship With Ariana Grande

And the inspiration behind the video for 'Motivation'

September 23, 2019

It’s been a big year for Normani, as the former Fifth Harmony member continues to make a name for herself, but she says she can’t pin down one moment that has stood out.

“It’s a constant. I can’t really choose one particular point where I felt like, ‘wow, this is the moment,’” she told AMP Radio in Los Angeles. “It’s as simple as me having a conversation with, whether it’s Beyoncé or Jay-Z or Rihanna pulling me aside to be like ‘yo, you’re the s***. "

"Just people that I’ve looked up to for such a long time," she continued. "And the fact that I’m able to call Kelly Rowland as a mentor and as a black woman in the industry who has already gone through what I am going through currently times a thousand.”

If Normani didn’t know she was able to stand out on her own, she knew after opening for Ariana Grande on her Sweetener tour. The 23-year-old said she learned a lot from the experience, including that her songs meant something to people.

“Being able to just go out there and support Ari and just hear the songs being sung back to me, you know, the fans singing every single lyric,” she said. “Opening, it can be tough. You really never know what to expect, so I’m like ‘watch 15 people sing this song back’ and you could just hear the whole arena belting every single lyric.”

Normani gushed about her experience with Grande, calling her kind, pure and funny. The two co-wrote Normani’s new single “Motivation,” which features a video that tributes Normani's biggest heroes. Hear more about the video, her friendship with Grande, and her A-list mentors in the interview above.