“I like to always feel like I’m pushing the needle,” says pop sensation Normani. “Anytime I feel complacent, I start to freak out.” She should be pretty chill these days: The singer has been on a tear since the dissolutio­n of her supergroup Fifth Harmony (which included Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and Camila Cabello) in 2018. This year her instant hits, “Love Lies” with Khalid and “Dancing With a Stranger” with Sam Smith, both cracked the top ten on the charts, helping her reach 3 billion streaming spins since going solo. Normani, who grew up Normani Kordei Hamilton in New Orleans, has been wowing crowds as a major act at the MTV Music Video Awards, at festivals like Lollapaloo­za and in arenas opening for Ariana Grande. With a solo album set for early 2020, she’s only picking up steam: “The moment that you’re too comfortabl­e is when you’ve failed.” — Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Alexandra Sternlicht

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