Anytime a beloved member of a group decides to depart, fans are left to wonder: what’s next? Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony in December of 2016, and while the girl group continued on, creating their third studio album (and first as a four-piece), Cabello began her solo career. She’s released a handful of singles to date, including collaborations with Shawn Mendes (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) and Machine Gun Kelly (“Bad Things”), both of which reached the Top 20 on the Hot 100 Charts.
On Sunday, August 20, Cabello performed on the main Hot 100 Stage at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, marking her first festival performance as a solo artist. The teen girls pressed up against the barricade were screaming from the first note of “OMG”, but it was “Havana”- which Cabello, who was born in Cuba, dedicated to the Latinas in the crowd- that saw one fan start crying. They were happy tears, though, the tears that tend to flood when overwhelmed with joy.
For an artist that’s no stranger to hordes of passionate fans, Camila Cabello remains remarkably thankful for those who have supported her. Fifth Harmony were known for their always in-sync choreography, but now as a solo artist, it’s Cabello’s time to shine, and her dance moves are as on-point as ever.
Camila Cabello is set to release her debut solo album, The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving., on September 22. Stay tuned to her website for all updates.