Normani is about to make “Waves.” The singer has ventured out on her own since her group Fifth Harmony went on hiatus, and now she’s nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video for her collaboration with 6lack. The video for “Waves” premiered in February and has been viewed more than nine million times on YouTube as of this writing (watch it above). Can she beat her all-star rivals including Childish Gambino (“Feels Like Summer”) and Alicia Keys (“Raise a Man”)? Our odds say yes, especially with support from her legion of Harmonizer fans.
This is Normani’s first VMA nomination as a solo artist, but she has already got a few Moonmen on her mantel thanks to Fifth Harmony. She won four awards with that group: Artist to Watch for “Miss Movin’ On” (2014), Best Collaboration for “Work from Home” with Ty Dolla $ign and Song of Summer for “All in My Head (Flex)” with Fetty Wap (2016), and Best Pop Video for “Down” featuring Gucci Mane (2017).
In fact, the only fan-voted awards Fifth Harmony ever lost were Song of Summer for “Worth It” featuring Kid Ink (2015) and that same category two years later for “Down” (2017). Those prizes went to 5 Seconds of Summer (“She’s Kinda Hot”) and Lil Uzi Vert (“XO Tour Llif3”), respectively. But will Normani be as popular with her fans as a solo artist as she was with her group?
It’s likely that she will be. Just look at how well fellow Fifth Harmony alum Camila Cabello did last year. In 2018 she won Video of the Year for her solo breakthrough hit “Havana” featuring Young Thug, and she was also awarded Artist of the Year. In those categories she had enough fan support to beat popular favorites including Ariana Grande, Drake, Post Malone, Cardi B and Bruno Mars.
Granted, “Havana” was a bigger hit than “Waves.” Cabello’s song topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, while Normani’s didn’t make the Hot 100 at all. Nevertheless, we’re giving her leading odds of 82/25 based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users. That includes support from 12 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s VMAs, and 16 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest prediction scores when you combine the last two years’ VMA results. Do you agree that she’s the one to beat?
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