Camila Cabello stopped to chat with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs on the red carpet at the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday (Oct. 9), discussing her four AMA wins and what was going through her mind during her performance.
Cabello, who took home the award for new artist of the year, collaboration of the year, video of the year and favorite song – pop/rock, tells Billboard that when she was on stage, she was thinking about herself as a child and everything that she has worked so hard for to achieve.
“I think these moments are when you’re like, ‘You know what? Enjoy this moment. Own this moment. You’ve worked for it, you’re here,’” she says. “And sometimes it’s hard to do that because you get nervous, but today I was like, ‘You know what? Just enjoy this moment, because you’ve fought so hard to get to this moment.’”
The “Havana” singer also reveals that before she attends awards shows, she likes to watch inspirational videos to calm herself down.
“I was watching Kobe Bryant’s documentary,” she shares, “And he just talks about how he keeps the hard times or any struggle or anything like that at the top of his head when he’s gonna do something really important, and I was just thinking about all the hard times and the road to getting to this moment, and I just thought of the struggles.”
“I was just thinking about that during the performance,” Cabello adds, “Any doubts that I’ve had, either from me or from other people…I tried to just kind of have that push me through this.”
You can watch the full video interview with Camila Cabello above, and watch a clip of her AMAs performance below.