Fifth Harmony took home the award for best pop video

By Sarah Weldon
August 27, 2017 09:45 PM
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During an MTV Video Music Awards loaded with subtext and rivalries — including the biggest of all at the moment, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry — it was the women of Fifth Harmony who made the most pointed statement. At the very beginning of their performance of “Down,” the singers took the stage with five members, before one appeared to be thrown off the stage.

The figure was presumably meant to fill in for Camila Cabello, who very publicly left the successful girl group at the end of 2016.

The gasp-inducing move was pointed at as a highlight of the broadcast.

Earlier, Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui may have teased the dramatic opening when she told PEOPLE, “We’re extremely excited. This is definitely one of the biggest moments of our careers — something we’ve worked so hard for to get to a place where people would want us on the stage, so we’re excited as heck for it… there are so many surprises.”

But before the show, the women of Fifth Harmony found themselves in the middle of an awkward red carpet moment, when Charlamagne tha God asked the women if they planned to split one of their awards, were they to win, with Cabello.

The apparent shade wasn’t all that captured fans’ attention that night. During the group’s performance, Normai Kordei dropped effortlessly into an applause-inducing split.

Although the performance appeared to go off without a hitch, 21-year-old Kordei revealed on Twitter that she experienced sound issues on stage.

“MY HEART WAS RACING TO MY ASS WHEN MY IN EARS AND PACK CAME OFF BEFORE DOWN🙈🙊😭 THANK YOU GOD FOR CARRYING ME THROUGH🙌🏾” she tweeted.

In a follow-up post, Kordei added: “I couldn’t hear anythingggggggggg aghhhhhhhhh.”

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Fifth Harmony just released their self-titled LP, Fifth Harmony on Friday.

This article originally appeared on Ew.com