Normani’s Steamy ‘Wild Side’ VMA Performance With Teyana Taylor Was an Homage to Janet Jackson

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Within a few years, Normani has become a star in her own right. The former Fifth Harmony group member has become a solo artist with an undeniable talent for dancing and moving her body. He did 2021 MTV Video . showcased his skills in a much awaited performance in music Prize.

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Normani’s sultry single ‘Wild Side’

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Normani released her debut solo single “Motivation” in 2019 and rocked the music scene with her entry. Since then, fans of the singer have been closely watching her next career move. She appeared in Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty fashion show, but it would take almost two years for her next single to be released.

Normani released their song “Wild Side”, the lead single from their upcoming debut album, in July 2021. The song features no guest other than Cardi B, who appeared with Normani in the music video.


“I have high hopes for myself, so adding [fans’ expectations] There may be a lot on that, but it really inspires me,” she added. teen Vogue About the album in October 2020. “I really want to make a body of work that’s going to count, you know? I’m never going to get my first album back.”

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Normani pays tribute to Janet Jackson with her ‘Wild Side’ performance

At the 2021 VMAs, Normani performed “Wild Side” and ended the performance with a sensuous dance featuring superstar singer and dancer Teyana Taylor. That moment was actually a tribute to a past music icon.

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At the end of Normani’s performance, Taylor was tied to a device similar to the St. Andrews Cross – often associated with BDSM. The piece of furniture allows the person’s limbs to be restrained and spread apart. Normani then climbed onto the cross and bowed to Taylor, curling her hips and getting as close to the “WTP” singer as possible.

The routine was a direct tribute to a moment from a Janet Jackson performance in the early 2000s. During her erotic song “Will You Mind”, she invited an unsuspecting audience member onto the stage and they were similarly tied to a St. Andrews Cross-like device as she danced around them, and eventually they Feather. One of those moments was immortalized in the DVD for him all for you tour.

Teyana Taylor cites Janet Jackson as an influence

As singers with sultry R&B songs and undeniable dance abilities on their list, Normani and Taylor both hold great respect for Janet Jackson. Artists from Beyonce to Britney Spears have cited Jackson as an influence, and the “If” singer’s influence is still felt in the music industry today.

Becoming the recipient of a Janet Jackson-esque lap dance by Normani was likely a dream come true for Taylor. In 2017, she posted a touching tribute to Jackson instagram. “You have been one of my biggest inspirations,” she said. “Every last show of mine includes a tribute to you! You’re the reason why I love it. Bringing passion, love and soul to the stage and making sexy music!”

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