The 25-year-old singer enlisted Teyana Taylor for a steamy rendition of her song “Wild Side” where Normani was seen performing a grind-on in the last moments of her set.
The artist, whose full name is Normani Kordei Hamilton, mounted Taylor’s body for a twerk session, which was followed by a scene where she guided her heels into the base of a bondage board and plunged backward.
Fans reacted enthusiastically to the number.
“If you can’t reach me this week, I’ll be replaying that Normani and Teyana Taylor performance,” one fan wrote out of excitement.
Another person wrote: “Janet Jackson remains the blueprint for new girls like Normani.”
— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) September 13, 2021
— saniyah (@sociallysani) September 13, 2021
Many people have also described it as “the best performance of the night”.
— Nor-mawn-eee (@NorSlayMe) September 13, 2021
Everyone confused about the cross part in Normani performance, but it was inspired by Janet Jackson. Just like her outfit was inspired by #Aaliyah #VMAs #Normani #NORMANIVMAS pic.twitter.com/3BlwkW8ocJ
— Zsnack 🧸 (@ZacBratx) September 13, 2021
Jackson is yet to comment on Normani’s performance.
You can find a list of this year’s VMA results here, with Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo among the night’s biggest winners.