Normani is an original member of Fifth Harmony, a group put together by Simon Cowell after each girl auditioned as a solo artist on the singing competition The X Factor in 2012.
Simon Cowell has a knack for putting the right group of vocalists and personalities together to create something more powerful than each of them could do alone at the time. With practice and exposure, their status as a group elevates each of their careers enough that they can embark on successful solo ventures.
Often seen as the girl-group counterpart to One Direction, who also came from The X Factor, the ladies of Fifth Harmony ended up releasing three studio albums that all charted in the top ten of the U.S. Billboard 200.
However, just like Harry Styles was the unspoken leader of One Direction, Camila Cabello was promoted as the leader of Fifth Harmony. This left the other members, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and Normani to prove themselves as legit solo acts when the group decided to take an “indefinite hiatus” in 2018.