Cardi B made history at Grammy Awards night as the first woman to win Rap Album of the Year.
She won the best rap album award for her debut “Invasion of Privacy,” beating out Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Travis Scott, and the late Mac Miller.
The rapper, accompanied by Offset on stage, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech, describing the challenges of finishing her record while being pregnant.
She started her speech with a thank you list, “I want to thank my daughter,” she said. “I’m not just saying thank you because she’s my daughter. It’s because, you know, when I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete, like three songs that I was for sure having. And then you know, you know how it was, we were like, we have to get this album done so I could still do videos while I’m still not showing. And it was very long nights.”
Cardi admitted she was nervous, joking when she took the stage, “The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed.”
While Cardi’s the first woman to win the award for a solo act, Lauryn Hill did win best rap album as part of hip-hop group Fugees (also made up of Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel) in 1997.
In total, Cardi B received five nominations this year, including ones for Album of the year, Song of the Year (“I Like It”), Best Rap Performance (“Be Careful”), and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the Maroon 5 collab “Girls Like You.”She was on the Grammys stage earlier on Sunday for a rousing rendition of her single “Money.”
Cardi said in a video from backstage posted to Instagram, “I read an article that Mac Miller’s family said that if he doesn’t win, they wanted me to win, so I’m sharing this Grammy with you, motherfucker! Rest in peace!.”
Cardi B is an American rapper whose hometown is New York City. Born and raised in The Bronx, she first attracted attention for discussing her career as a stripper on social media; coupled with her “no filter attitude,” she became an Internet celebrity through Instagram.
Rap artists and women have both felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they took center stage.