Normani Scorches On Opening Night Of ‘Sweetener Tour’ [Video]

Published: Tuesday 19th Mar 2019 by Sam

Normani is well on her way to solo stardom and made that abundantly apparent last night at the opening show of the ‘Sweetener Tour.’

For, the Fifth Harmony singer may be the support act on Ariana Grande’s US trek, but she brought a main event slay to her slot.

Backed by four dancers and a full band, the magnetic performer blew the roof off the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

With the masses getting to know her and an album still incoming, her set skilfully spotlighted hit singles such ‘Love Lies’ and ‘Dancing With A Stranger,’ while also touching on her 5H foundation (with the likes of ‘Worth It’ and ‘Work From Home’) She saluting some of her idols too such as Rihanna and Aaliyah.

Peep pics and clips below…

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Normani just has “IT.” The ever-elusive “IT” that can’t be bought, rented, or stolen.

It makes her ascend that much more compelling and that much more deserved.

And while we’d love an out of the gate slay, we’re loving the slow, steady, and organic approach her team are taking.

The Ari tour spot is genius and exposes her to the exact mass needed to elevate her to the next level.

If looking it her potential as a puzzle, the Urban audience are quite clearly here for her and in many ways serve as her firmest foundation. This venture helps build on that by introducing her brand to a broader audience, hopefully leading to an all-encompassing boom.

Again, exciting times.

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  1. CHINA March 19, 2019

    We have seen this all before. Normani has a “modest” voice with NOT much strength. This is ciara, a less vocally talented beyonce or a mya. This is nothing new and THAT’S WHY she has not popped off. With some of these girls singing there asses off – she fails to amaze. NEXTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

    • Mark111 March 19, 2019

      What other girl her HER generation is doing better? Cause the ones you listed are from previous gens. She out performed Ariana Grande.

      • CHINA March 19, 2019

        Arianna, who DESTROY her in a vocal battery. D E S T R OY. This girl is a fake beyonce/ciara/mya wannabe. If she does NOT find her OWN lane — she will fade away quickly.

      • Whoops ??‍♀️??? March 19, 2019

        @CHINA Nah. A captivating entertainer will outperform a better vocalist on any day. Normani, with no solo album and no solo tours, still has better and more memorable moments on stage and performances than Ariana. Sis has zero iconic performances and she’s been doing it for a min. Normani is already on the cuff and she just started. And let’s not forget Ariana started her career the same exact way. Only she was copying Mariah.

      • SMH March 19, 2019

        @China Lmao. Ariana Grande destroys no one vocally. Sit down.

      • iamdiego March 19, 2019

        agreed. nobody. Normani gets compared to artist before her instead of artist from her (less talented) generation. Ari sang down but her performance was not as good.

  2. Me March 19, 2019

    She got the drive but she needs to step out in her own way. Too much Beyonce gestures and looks. She got be careful with that or else ppl will call her as Bey 2.0 and that is not a good reference.

    • Bam March 19, 2019

      Yup. Sometimes I look at her performances and am like “she wants to be Beyoncé so bad”.

      That said when Beyonce came out she wasn’t doing anything too different from all the other girls out at the time, and she was heavily “inspired” by Tina Turner.

      I suppose we just have to give Normani time.

      • iamdiego March 19, 2019

        right. but i’m here for her being compared to the best. i dnt think yall see beyonce yall just finally see what talent looks like (especially in this climate). Bey wasn’t the first artist to have amazing stage presence hair whips and different gestures. Even she had to grow into herself. I knw because ive been a huge fan since 97. Bey was not giving performances remotely close to this until about 2003. Normani is on the right track.

      • A&R March 19, 2019

        Exactly. And they said the same about Rihanna. It’ll happen.

  3. ayyye March 19, 2019

    i can’t understand the too much beyonce….. janet spawned a whole generation of girls obviously influenced by her…isn’t that what greatness is supposed to do. you old farts will deal

    • iamdiego March 19, 2019

      exacxtly. ppl just have to find a reason to not like her and its annoying. the same thing that happened with Janet Whitney and Mariah. Bey was inspired by them and now a lot of these girls are beyonce’s son’s. she literally ran the 00’s in DC and as a solo act. Rihanna’s son’s are next gen (2020’s). 90’s Lil Kim = 00’s and 10’s Nicki Minaj and so on. there is nothing new under the sun.

    • A&R March 19, 2019

      Ya know what.. this is true lol I promise I never even thought about that. The same to be said about MJ. Ciara and mya were baby Janets and we didn’t write them off.


  4. iamme March 19, 2019


  5. K.B. March 19, 2019

    Too much like beyonce she will fall off just like Ciara, Tanishe and all the other females out there copying other legends in the industry.

    • jem March 19, 2019

      NO, she is here to stay boo. I think she is basically just in between Beyonce and Ciara. She will probably be a better dancer/performer than beyonce, but she will never come close vocally.


  6. K.B. March 19, 2019

    There is only one beyonce sweetie find your own

    • eric March 19, 2019

      Only artist I’ve ever thought of watching Normani is Janet, and that’s a compliment. Beyonce can strike a pose, but Normani is a SERIOUS dancer like Janet.

    • ??? March 19, 2019

      lmaoooo and that roachyonce is a FLOP now, its normani’s time lmfaooooooo

  7. love is war March 19, 2019

    I really want her to win, but I feel like her music is boring. She needs so uptempo songs.

  8. Meme March 19, 2019

    People saying she’s too much like Beyoncé, which I agree with partially. But honestly, that’s her lane. What else do y’all want her to do?

    Pop stars, especially black ones always fall in 1 of 4 categories.
    1. A performance artist (Beyoncé, Normani)
    2. A heavy dancer, limited vocals (Ciara, Tinashe)
    3. Heavy vocals, none dancer (Mariah, Ariana)
    4. A hit maker (Rihanna)

    Normani is just show casing her strong points, which is performance. What else y’all want her to do?

    • Adina… Adina… Say Adina March 19, 2019


      • MessyBoots March 19, 2019

        Except Ariana Grande is NOT black

      • iamdiego March 19, 2019

        lmao I almost forgot @messyboots. she aint black lol

    • Metzo March 19, 2019

      I agree with you, but she can go about it without making it obvious that she’s trying to be like Beyonce. I understand influence, but dang even down to the female guitarist photo, all I see is Beyonce. Rihanna started the same way when she first came out, being compared to Beyonce left and right, but after 2 eras, she found her own unique style and ran with it and it paid off. If Normani doesn’t find her own lane, she will fade away quick.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan March 20, 2019

      Tinashe and Ciara don’t share the same vocal ranges…
      Normani has a thinner but more range than Ciara though.

  9. Whoops ??‍♀️??? March 19, 2019

    I don’t care if this looks too “Beyoncé”. This generation needs a “Beyoncé”. You don’t have to have her exact style but at least take it as seriously as she does and look like you actually REHEARSE. Because NONE of these other pop girls on the charts right now can perform. It’s been a dying art form and Beyoncé has been the only one delivering in that area for a looonggg time.

    • iamdiego March 19, 2019


    • Haterz Gon‘ Hate March 19, 2019

      AMEN ??These raggedy Chart chicks be out here f****** up an 8 count and not able to keep it classy or put some stage presence into their shaky paper thin repertoire. I mean – who’s gon take her off? There’s no competition ??‍♂️

  10. eric March 19, 2019

    She found the path straight to my heart with that Aaliyah tribute. I’m surprised that Normani and the other former FH members are allowed to perform the group’s songs individually. That doesn’t normally happen.

    • iamdiego March 19, 2019

      yaaas she slayed with the Aaliyah part. the Rihanna part was cute but I could have done without that lol. and yes they can perform what they want they just choose not to. Bey did the same for yrs after DC was over. only until fans started getting mad because the DC medley’s kept taking up the tour setlist lol. now in recent yr’s fans appreciate it.

  11. SNF March 19, 2019

    Being influenced by Beyonce is actually a great thing… It makes sense to me… She has hits and is doing pretty well. Great stage presence. Yes, she has room to grow but so does Ariana… no shade

  12. ??? March 19, 2019

    lmaooooo have several seats roach nest. normani is doing her, thats all. and are we really gonna try to forget that roach built her career on copying others, and shes STILL copying other people’s sh!t, so lets not go there insects lmfaooooo

  13. iamdiego March 19, 2019

    The only thing she was missing is her song Slow Down. That song is perfect for that crowd.

  14. truthteller March 19, 2019

    I do like Normani but I agree with those who say she needs to find her own lane. Most of the iconic female artists may have started out with a few comparisons but they carved out their own niche. If Normani doesn’t do that, she will end up another Ciara or Mya. Some hits and early success but no lasting impact

    • March 20, 2019

      Ciara is not a Mya. Ciara’s impact has been felt & is way more so than Mya. Please stop putting her in the same lane. She is much more known & her career has been more successful.

  15. LUCKI March 19, 2019

    Looks like the Great Value version of Beyoncé. FLOP.

  16. Clayne March 19, 2019

    She just needs her big BAM moment, musically… think crazy in love, umbrella, bad romance, s*** even baby one more time or genie in a bottle.. bc the songs she’s putting out, granted are good but they don’t have that immediate GRAB and addictive hook that make you want to listen again and again…

  17. #TeamTinashe Stan March 20, 2019

    Lipsyncing for her LIFE!
    Idk if I like her as an artist I dont see the appeal other than wow she is a beautiful woman but literally is a Beyonce understudy. Not a good look.

  18. Slh March 20, 2019

    Normani was fantastic.

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