Normani Does It All With Her 2021 VMAs Performance Of "Wild Side"

With hard dance moves and high vocals, Normani cemented her status as a VMA icon with her performance of ‘Wild Side" at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards

Normani made her debut at the MTV Video Music Awards almost a decade ago when she performed with Fifth Harmony. Then, in 2019 she made her solo debut with her breakout hit “Motivation”. Now, the multi-talented, multi-hyphenate superstar-in-the-making returned to the stage once again with a performance of her new single “Wild Side” – sadly sans Cardi B – and it’s one everyone will be talking about.

Donned in all silver and with her signature troupe of back-up dancers, Normani effortlessly recreated the song’s iconic video – complete with sliding along the floor and making it look easy. She then stood up, executed the complicated and extreme choreography – complete with that knee bounce – giving us all the life we needed and more.

But, let’s not forget that Normani has an incredible voice. The song’s final chorus gave her space to show-off her deceptively powerhouse vocals, including a whistle note that sent the crowd wild. However, she was hardly finished. Taking a step back, the lights dimmed and Teyana Taylor was wheeled out strapped to a makeshift crucifix.

Normani then began to straddle her, continuing to perform her choreography and showcase an insane amount of upper body, lower body and core strength – all while giving an ode to a staple of Janet Jackson’s live performances. This, my friends, is an icon!

Marvel over Normani’s 2021 VMAs performance below.

Written by Jackson Langford, senior music and culture writer at MTV Australia. Hot takes at @jacksonlangford and hotter pics at @jacksonlangford.

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