A Timeline of Camila Cabello's Solo Career

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Since embarking on her solo career, Camila Cabello has proven that she’s here to stay, flaunting a powerful-yet-playful personality that’s left the world wanting more.

While still in Fifth Harmony, she first spread her wings by teaming up with Shawn Mendes for their collaborative 2015 hit "I Know What You Did Last Summer," then joined Machine Gun Kelly for "Bad Things," which eventually reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 (chart dated Feb. 11, 2017). 

Since departing the group in Dec. 2016, Cabello's career has gone into hyper-speed. In 2018, she made her first solo debut at the top of the Billboard 200 with Camila, landed at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 with “Havana” featuring Young Thug, dazzled crowds as Taylor Swift’s tour opener and eventually earned two Grammy nominations. As the year comes to a close, it is clear that she’s not slowing down anytime soon.

Whether delivering hits, covering magazines or dazzling crowds at award shows, take a look at all that Cabello has accomplished since embarking on her own musical venture.

Dec. 18, 2016: Fifth Harmony announces Cabello's departure from the group.

The singer's exit came as a surprise of sorts. The news came in the form of an post from the Fifth Harmony Twitter account. The announcement, signed by the other four members, stated, "After 4 and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well." Cabello responded to the statement the next day. In a post form her Instagram account, the singer explained that bits of the statement were untrue, including that she informed the group through her representatives that she was leaving.

"I was shocked to read the statement the Fifth Harmony account posted without my knowing" she said, "Just like the other girls about their plans, I also had planned to continue with my own solo endeavors, "also saying, "I did not wish to end things with Fifth Harmony this way. I wish nothing but the best for them."

Feb. 25, 2017: Covers Billboard magazine and drops an in-depth interview.

The singer opened up about life after the group, and what she had planned for the upcoming year in music. Cabello's pressure to succeed as a solo female artist after leaving a group were magnified by the fact that it isn't an ordinary feat, only done by pop music icon Beyonce. “The easiest route would be to shut my mouth, sing the songs, wear the clothes and keep going," she said. "We were at the peak of our career. It’s not the safe option.”

March 1, 2017: Features in soundtrack for Fate Of The Furious

Cabello jumped on "Hey Ma," a lavish, bouncy tune with J. Balvin & Pitbull which made it onto the explosive soundtrack for The Fate Of The Furious, the eighth installment in the Fast film franchise. 

March 11, 2017: Performs "Bad Things" with Machine Gun Kelly at Kids Choice Awards 2017.

Although she'd performed "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with Shawn Mendes while she was still in Fifth Harmony, this performance marked her first since she officially left the group.

May 7, 2017: Performs "Hey Ma" with Pitbull and J Balvin for MTV Movie + Video Awards 2017. 

May 19, 2017: Releases her debut solo single, "Crying In The Club," and video.

Cabello enlisted Sia to help her come out of the gates with a bang.

May 21, 2017: Releases "I Have Questions."

​Cabello was quick to follow up her first solo track with a slower, impassioned song that was not an official single.

 

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May 21, 2017: Performs solo at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

The dynamic performance -- her first completely solo -- showed the world all that she has to offer when completely on her own.

May 31, 2017: Performs on Britain's Got Talent.

 

OMG IM THE LAST AVATAR AIRBENDER ON #BGT

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June 1, 2017: Features on Major Lazer's "Know No Better," which also includes Travis Scott and Quavo​.

June 18, 2017: Wins best international artist and performs "I Have Questions" and "Crying in the Club" medley at 2017 MMVAs.

Her first award as a solo artist.

June 22, 2017: Appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for Hashtags: #SummerSongs.

July 20, 2017: Begins her trek as opening act for Bruno Mars' on 24K Magic Tour.

Aug. 3, 2017: Releases second solo single, "Havana," featuring Young Thug.

 

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Aug. 21, 2017: Performs at Billboard Hot 100 Fest.

Amid her time on the road with Bruno Mars, Cabello delivered the live debut of "I Have Questions" in her only festival performance of the summer.

 
 

that was magic. thank you so much @billboard for having us at #Hot100fest. --@shervinfoto

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Sept. 25, 2017: Appears The Tonight Show Starring Fallon again, this time as an official guest.

She got to sit down with Jimmy to talk Taylor Swift's Halloween party and performed a rendition of "Havana" that now has more than 18 million views.

Oct. 10, 2017: Sings Carpool Karaoke with Joe Jonas.

Oct. 16, 2017: Stars in Guess holiday campaign.

OCT. 22, 2017: Performs at BBC Radio1 Teen Awards 2017.

Oct. 24, 2017: Releases film-like, Telenovela-inspired music video for "Havana."

Oct. 25, 2017: "Havana" reaches No. 1 on iTunes Worldwide chart (and she freaks out about it).

Nov. 10, 2017: "Havana" reaches No. 1 on U.K. Singles Chart.

Nov. 10, 2017: Performs at LOS40 Music Awards in Madrid.

Nov. 12, 2017: Releases "Havana (Remix)" featuring Daddy Yankee.

 

#HAVANAtheREMIX with @daddyyankee out now -- link in bio

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Nov. 12, 2017: Wins 'best pop' award and performs at MTVs European Music Awards in London.

Nov. 27, 2017: "Havana" hits No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart.

While it was the first time she topped the chart as a lead artist, it was her second time as a soloist after hitting No. 1 with "Bad Things" earlier in the year.

Nov. 30, 2017: Performs "Havana" and wins Breakthrough Artist Award at 2017 Billboard Women In Music Awards.

Dec. 5, 2017: Announces debut solo album Camila.

After making a name for a project, releasing singles, scrapping the name, and pushing back the release, Cabello took to Twitter on a December morning to finally share some good news with her fans. In a post dedicated to her "Camilizers," the singer announced her debut solo effort Camila, slated for release on January 12.

Dec. 7, 2017: Releases two new songs, "Real Friends" and "Never Be The Same." 

 

NEVER BE THE SAME. ------ tomorrow, 8 am EST #CAMILAtomorrow

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REAL FRIENDS. tomorrow, 8 am EST #CAMILAtomorrow (cover art drawings by my little sister --)

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Dec. 8, 2017: Performs at Z100's Jingle Ball.

The performance was part of the 12-city trek on which she performed at all but one and her first solo appearance at Madison Square Garden -- the first since performing with Fifth Harmony the year prior -- where she live debuted "Never Be the Same."

Dec. 14, 2017: Releases Grey collaboration "Crown" from Bright soundtrack. 

Jan. 18, 2018: Camila tops the Billboard 200 chart.

Cabello kicked off her year by taking the top spot on the Billboard 200 with her first solo debut, Camila, in Jan. 2018. Earning a larger-than-expected 119,000 equivalent album units, Cabello became the first female artist in three years to hit No. 1 with a full-length debut album.

Jan. 27, 2018: “Havana” takes the No. 1 Spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Her infectious “Havana” single, featuring Young Thug, propelled the artist to the top of the chart in January, earning her first Hot 100 No. 1 and setting the tone for the success that followed.

March 11, 2018: Cabello & Young Thug give a super glamorous performance of “Havana” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The pop star hit the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in a silky pink peplum gown and cat-eye sunglasses to perform “Havana.” She was later joined by Young Thug dressed in a white blazer and matching turtleneck for his electric verse on the collab.

May 8, 2018: Camila shares her gratitude as the opener on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour

Camila took to Instagram after the opening night of Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour to thank her fans and share how surreal the first show felt. Along with Charlie XCX, Cabello was Swift’s opener, and during the first show of the tour, the three united on stage to sing a fun rendition of “Shake It Off.”

"If you would've told me then what was gonna happen I wouldn't have believed it," Cabello wrote in an Instagram post. “I have such an intense gratitude for everything I'm experiencing right now. I love you @taylorswift and @charli_xcx.”

May 20, 2018: Camila performs “Sangria Wine” with Pharrell & “Havana” at the Billboard Music Awards

Cabello took the stage in a black jumper alongside Pharrell for their groovy summer track “Sangria Wine,” complete with a giant ball of confetti. She later dazzled the crowd with her performance of her smash “Havana.”

July 20, 2018: Cabello performs songs from Camila on GMA.

The singer joined Good Morning America’s summer concert series this year to perform an early morning medley of tracks from Camila like “Never Be the Same,” “Consequences” and, of course, “Havana.”

Aug. 20, 2018: Cabello wins artist of the year and video of the year for “Havana” at the Video Music Awards.

This year’s VMAs saw Cabello nominated in five categories, taking home two silver Moonperson Awards for artist of the year, and video of the year for “Havana” featuring Young Thug.

Oct. 9, 2018: Cabello performs “Consequences” and wins in four categories at the American Music Awards.

Cabello swept this year’s American Music Awards, winning four out of the five categories she was nominated in -- new artist of the year, collaboration of the year, favorite pop/rock song, and favorite music video for “Havana” featuring Young Thug. She took the stage in am embellished black and lilac gown to perform her emotional “Consequences” track.

Oct. 23, 2018: Cabello wraps up Never Be The Same Tour with a heartfelt message.

“It’s the end of an era,” Cabello wrote in an Instagram post. “These songs, these memories, this story, these visuals: all coming to an end tonight to make way for the next era to begin.” Considering how electrifying this last year has been for the singer, fans are eager to see the new era of Cabello.

Nov. 4, 2018: Camila wins four categories at MTVs European Music Awards in Bilbao.

The pop singer swept the EMAs with four wins including best U.S./worldwide act, best song and best video for “Havana,” as well as this year’s best artist award.

“I know what it's like to be a fan," she said after receiving the best artist award. "I remember when I was 14 years old watching these shows, waiting for my favorite artists to come on. I know how special that bond is between a fan and their favorite artist.”

Dec. 10, 2018: Camila reacts to 2019 Grammy nominations.

Cabello took to Twitter because she just couldn’t contain her excitement for both of her Grammy nominations. “Posting again cuz I’m still peeing about it,” the singer wrote in a hilarious tweet. She is nominated for best pop solo performance for “Havana” featuring Young Thug, and best pop vocal album for Camila.