Despite the chaos, Fifth Harmony quickly discovered they had an undeniable chemistry that’s only continued to thrive post-X Factor. That chemistry’s more than evident on Better Together, an October 2013 release that debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 and eventually became the highest-charting album from any X Factor contestant in the U.S.
Following the EP’s release, Fifth Harmony charmed audiences with performances on The Today Show, Ellen, Arsenio, LIVE With Kelly and Michael, The American Music Awards pre-show, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Closing out 2013 by joining artists like Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Austin Mahone at Jingle Ball Concerts around the country, the group went on to win “Breakout Artist of The Year” and “Best Song To Rock Out To With Your BFF” (for Better Together lead single “Miss Movin’ On”) at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards in April.
Those wins set the stage for Fifth Harmony’s triumph at the 2014 VMAs, a moment that’s still surreal for the group. “For us to win a VMA without even dropping our first album was kind of amazing,” says Dinah. “It felt like a dream, and then I woke up the next morning like, ‘Oh my god—I’ve got a Moonman!’”
That same month, Fifth Harmony took home the Choice Single: Group award for “BO$$” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards (and earned six nominations overall). And in November, the group won Best U.S. Act and Best North American Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards, a feat that put them in the running for the Best Worldwide Act prize.