Camila Cabello publicly split from Fifth Harmony in December 2016 and it ?? was ?? dramatic. ?? This meant only one thing: fans expected her to deliver in 2017. Camilizers activated and made her solo career debut one to be remembered gaving them what they wanted. Here are just a few of the highlights from the pop star’s 2017.
Camila Cabello started 2017 by dropping her first single as a solo artist and people loved it.
There was a lot of speculation that the singer would go solo after she released a couple collabs in 2016. Fortunately for her, “Crying In The Club” was adored by her fans and other pop stars.
She continued her string of high-profile collaborations, like this one with J Balvin and Pitbull.
The trio recorded “Hey Ma” for the soundtrack of “The Fate of the Furious” in English and Spanish. Cabello returned to her native country of Cuba to record the music video. Cabello went on to record “Know No Better” with Major Lazer, Travis Scott, and Quavo.
She raised her voice to take a stand for her own beliefs.
— Ron ? (@KarlazBitch) April 5, 2017
Cabello was one of the artists that performed at Zedd’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “Welcome” benefit concert. The ACLU is the organization that has done the most work in protecting people’s rights fighting against President Trump’s travel ban and, most recently, fighting for the right of undocumented minors to access abortion.
In May, Guess announced that Cabello as the new face of the brand.
“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Guess on this incredible campaign,” Cabello said in a press release, according to Billboard. “I’ve grown up loving their aesthetic and not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be lucky enough to be a part of it.”
Camilizers were screaming in August when she announced her being part of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour.
That is pretty impressive.
She also made her music festival debut in August as a solo artist. Ma-jor!
— billboard (@billboard) August 20, 2017
Fans at the performance were pumped watching Cabello sing, dance, and play the guitar at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival in Jones Beach, New York.
Cabello quickly responded on Sept. 5 when the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Cabello has remained outspoken in favor of defending DACA and protecting the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people. She has dedicated her song “Havana” to those who are fighting to stay in the country they know.
She joined more than 20 artists to raise awareness for Puerto Rico.
Cabello teamed up with Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.Lo, Gina Rodriguez, Luis Fonsi, and so many other artists in “Almost Like Praying.” The song, which was released in October, raised money to help Puerto Ricans recover after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September.
She then released a mini film for the “Havana” music video in October.
The video shows Karla, played by Cabello, getting lost in novelas and movies. Cabello also plays the woman on the movie screen living a carefree and happening life in old-timey Havana, Cuba. Cabello’s Cuba character dances with men in the bar and performs on a stage in the bar. That spontaneous kind of living inspires Karla to take life into her own hands and things get exciting at the end.
The release of the music video gave “Havana” the push it needed to break into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This made Cabello’s first top 10 single. The song would eventually peak at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cabello’s stellar year earned her the Billboard Women In Music 2017 Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.
to the woman of my life… my mama!!!!! i would've been honored to even be a guest among the women at the billboard #WomenInMusic awards, but receiving the award for breakthrough artist made me really really emotional thinking of all the memories this year…. thank you SO much @billboard ?thank u to my forever friend @shawnmendes and thank u @zanelowe for being so supportive and being so sweet to me in that video package ?? congrats to my beautiful friends @SelenaGomez , @GraceVanderwall , @Kehlani , @MaryJBlige , and @KellyClarkson – grateful to be celebrating these and other amazing women the other night, because it's all about love! it's all about love ??????????????????
“I’d just like to say, the only reason that I’m standing here on this stage, in this auditorium, and on this soil and in this country is because of one woman, and that’s my mom,” Cabello said in her acceptance speech. “Tonight, we’re celebrating women of this year and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the woman of my life.”
And, to cap off Cabello’s first year as a solo artist, she was named Spotify’s second most streamed artist in the world.
Congrats on a very successful year, Camila! Best of luck in 2018.