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Normani Talks ‘Motivation’ Video, Going Solo, Ariana Grande, & Advice From Janet Jackson & Kelly Rowland

Normani shook the internet to its core this week with the colossal launch of her ‘Motivation’ music video.

A fireball from start to finish, the visual has racked up over 12 million views in less than two days and has attracted praise from the likes of Cardi B, Missy Elliott, and Ciara.


As the New Orleans native soaked up the love, she’s spoke with The Face about her solo charge since the hiatus of Fifth Harmony, having the support of her idols such as Janet Jackson and Kelly Rowland, Ariana Grande being like family.

On ‘Motivation’ Co-Writer & Friend Ariana Grande:

I’d con­sid­er Ari­ana fam­i­ly at this point. I feel like I can trust her, which is nice because it’s hard to make friends in this indus­try. Some­times it can get – I don’t wan­na say lone­ly – but a lot of the time I end up hav­ing to enter­tain myself. It’s cool that I’m able to have found a sis­ter in her.

On Her Inspirations & Being Supported By Them:

As a black young woman, being able to do what all of my biggest inspi­ra­tions have done was real­ly impor­tant. Grow­ing up, I had Janet, Toni Brax­ton, Ashan­ti and Destiny’s Child to look up to. Kel­ly [Row­land] being a choco­late god­dess, I was real­ly able to see myself in her. I felt real­ly down about a cer­tain sit­u­a­tion, and I spoke to her about it recent­ly. She was like ​Any­thing you need, pick up the phone’. It meant the world to me.

Start­ing from the ground up again, I can’t believe I’m in a posi­tion to have access to beau­ti­ful black women who I can talk and share my expe­ri­ences with. Trust me, there’s still a lot more to come. There’s lev­els to it.

On Her Dream Collaboration:

Oh, I’ve worked with some pret­ty amaz­ing gen­tle­man, but I still want to work with Kendrick Lamar too. We’d cre­ate some­thing mag­i­cal, I know it.

On Meeting Janet Jackson:

There are a lot of women I’d love to fol­low in the foot­steps of. Like, I just went to see Janet at her Vegas res­i­den­cy and it inspired me in such a way. After­wards, I had a moment to ask all of the ques­tions that I need­ed to ask, and she told me she was root­ing for me.

On Fifth Harmony:

Fifth Har­mo­ny was the most beau­ti­ful oppor­tu­ni­ty, and it was one of the most amaz­ing mem­o­ries I’ve made. Of course, we had our ups and downs but I’m so grate­ful that I went through that expe­ri­ence to reach the alter­na­tive. We reached a point where we could express our indi­vid­u­al­i­ties. Since then, I’ve been able to find myself in so many dif­fer­ent ways. I don’t ful­ly have it all togeth­er. Even as a woman, I feel like I’m learn­ing so much about myself.

On The Motivation Video:

I’m gonna be com­plete­ly trans­par­ent with you: I’ve been stress­ing over the last month, try­ing to put that togeth­er. I’ve actu­al­ly been real­ly down about it late­ly because I feel like it’s not my best work [yet]. [Source]


Having long seen the potential in Ms. Kordei here at TGJ, it’s amazing to see the masses on-board and at the most important time too.

With ‘Motivation,’ she’s delivered an emphatic “I’ve arrived” moment, one which cannot be denied nor ignored.

More broadly, the mass embrace of the track and its visual has us elated at the prospect of what’s to come – from performances, to collaborations, to branding opps. Because, for as well-mapped out as her launch campaign has been, the out-of-the-gate success of the video effectively functions as a major advertorial for what Normani – as a movement – is all about. And we imagine many now want to be apart of what is increasingly looking like the birth of a major new star.

Article written by Sam #ThatGrapeJuice

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