One of the buzziest pieces of news leading up to the 2017 People’s Choice Awards was that Fifth Harmony would be performing for the first time without Camila Cabello. (In December 2016, news broke that Cabello was leaving the group; a few weeks later, the group released its first official photo without Cabello.) Understandably, Fifth Harmony has a lot riding on this performance. The four remaining girls—Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui—could easily silence their haters by delivering a slayworthy set. On the other hand, a misstep would further fuel the haters’ idea that the group’s future is in jeopardy. So did Fifth Harmony succeed?
They did! Fifth Harmony delivered a tight, vibrant, and fun performance of their hit song “Work From Home.” Clad in matching black outfits, the girls began the performance by striking various poses in four separate neon boxes. (It was very Britney Spears circa the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, only more dominatrix-y.) Their vocals were strong, and their choreography was even stronger—especially during that surprise dance breakdown right before the performance ended. That really put a new, signature stamp on one of the most popular tunes of 2016. The girls seemed to be having fun onstage too, which is fantastic. They confirmed this during their giddy acceptance speech for Favorite Group, during which they told their Harmonizers that there is more to come in 2017. We can’t wait! Check out the performance for yourself, below:
— Christine Ko (@Christine_Ko) January 19, 2017
But, even still, we couldn’t help but feel a little sad watching. Fifth Harmony taking the stage for the first time as, frankly, Fourth Harmony made Cabello’s departure feel very real. (We’ve been in denial for the past month.) Yes, they were lovely, but nothing beats the original. The Spice Girls released good music without Geri Halliwell. (“Holler” is the bop to end all bops.) And so did One Direction. (“Drag Me Down” is a stomping piece of pop ecstasy!) However, if we’re being honest, neither of these bands hit the same strides after losing a member.
The same applies to Fifth Harmony—even though tonight’s performance was, for all intents and purposes, a win. The gals still shine, but there will always be a little sparkle missing without Camila Cabello.
— People's Choice (@peopleschoice) January 19, 2017
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