Normani hails Beyonce as an inspiration

Normani has heaped praise on Beyonce and her 'Cowboy Carter' album.



Normani hopes to emulate Beyonce
Normani hopes to emulate Beyonce

Normani feels inspired by Beyonce's success.

The 28-year-old singer has hailed Beyonce's country-influenced album, 'Cowboy Carter', and Normani believes she's helped to change the landscape of the music business.

The former Fifth Harmony star told Dazed magazine: "This country album for Beyonce is so important. People can say what they want to but, like, why look at a black artist and be quick to label?

Normani would love to have a similar impact on the music industry.

She said: "That’s what I set out to do as well - like, there’s so much power in me. In the group, I didn’t recognize it - but now that I’m out of it, I recognise that it was my superpower, me in my blackness."

Normani's long-awaited debut album, 'Dopamine', has also been heavily influenced by Rihanna's 2009 record 'Rated R'.

She explained: "I feel like it embodies everything I wanted to say - it feels dominant, strong, assertive - but on the flipside, there are so many layers to what dopamine is. You get the highs, the lows, the thrill of it all. And it’s a little toxic, too."

Normani has discovered a sense of "freedom" since Fifth Harmony announced their hiatus in 2018.

The 'Candy Paint' hitmaker - who starred in the group alongside Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and Camila Cabello - said: "There’s a sense of freedom I have that I’ve been waiting for, a weight lifted - me just being able to be Normani, before I’m anything else.

"I’ve grown so much in my tastes, the things that I like are very different than the things I liked before, but I think it’s a perfect hybrid of past and present."