Since stepping out from under Fifth Harmony’s name, Normani has been fully coming into her own as a performer. Last August, she delivered a jaw-dropping performance at the 2018 VMA’s, and she’s only stepped it up in 2019.
Even though she doesn’t have a full project out yet, the 23-year-old nabbed a spot as an opener for the first leg of Ariana Grande’s Sweetener tour. She followed that up by staying booked and busy with performances at the 2019 Essence Festival and HBO’s Pride concert.
The latest pit stop for the rising songstress was her own solo stage at the 2019 Lollapalooza music festival, where she commanded everyone’s attention for the full 45-minute set. Normani performed a medley of Fifth Harmony songs alongside a rundown of her chart-topping solo hits on top of completely bodying a dance number that left fans shook.
Unfortunately, a vocal minority is refusing to let Normani be great and is continuously slipping into her comments comparing her to other pop stars. Well, Ms. Hamilton had time on her hands Saturday (August 3).
Following her weekend performance, New York Times reporter Sandra Garcia hopped up on social media and rudely compared her to Beyoncé with a disparaging remark downplaying Normani’s talent.
“Every time I see Normani perform I feel like she hasn’t graduated Beyoncé school yet,” Garcia opined in response to a seconds-long snippet of Normani’s Lollapalooza set that was shared on social media.
Normani, who's usually quiet on these matters, saw the tweet and diffused the situation with grace. She tactfully responded with three simple words of advice. “Then don’t watch,” the 23-year-old said.
Fans quickly chimed in under the comments to throw their support behind Normani and co-sign her sentiments. Check out the best reactions below:
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