Camila Cabello brought her new solo single “Crying in the Club” to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night.
For her first solo TV performance since she parted ways with Fifth Harmony, Cabello turned her song about dancing the pain of a relationship gone wrong awry away into a triumphant affair, showcasing that she was ready to go it alone and take centerstage.
2017 has been a year of redefinition for Cabello, who parted ways with the popular girl group Fifth Harmony in December of last year.
The group had been showing signs of tension: Cabello left the stage during a concert in Missouri in September because she was suffering from anxiety, and Fifth Harmony subsequently cancelled some European tour dates.
When Cabello departed from the group, the other four members claimed that they had only found out through the singer’s representatives, a characterization that Cabello disputed in a lengthy Instagram post.
Cabello gradually started building an identity outside of Fifth Harmony even while still in the group, appearing on duets with Shawn Mendes and Machine Gun Kelly.
On Friday, she released a new single titled “Crying in the Club,” which samples Christina Aguilera’s hit “Genie in a Bottle.” Cabello recruited some of the biggest writers in pop music to assist her on the track, including Sia and Benny Blanco.
These tunes precede Cabello’s solo debut, out some time this year.