Rap superstar Cardi B appeared in court on Tuesday over her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl, as her lawyers called for access to social media evidence currently available to prosecutors.
The 27-year-old Grammy winner known for hits including “I Like it” strode into the Queens courtroom wearing black patent Christian Louboutin stilettos, a black feathered train trailing behind her as she sported an enormous matching hat.
Having previously pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges including two felonies linked to the case, she stood before the judge with her hands complete with talon-esque mint green nail extensions clasped behind her back.
The hearing was a “control date” for both sides to appear and discuss scheduling and legal issues, namely the defense’s bid to obtain evidence they say is currently only available to the prosecution.
The artist’s lawyers said they had submitted a subpoena to Facebook, which owns Instagram, attempting to obtain direct messages from the image-sharing platform involving the complainants — but their request had been denied.
They did not go into detail on the content of the social media exchanges.
Judge Joseph Zayas requested both parties meet and reach an agreement for the defense to access the Instagram messages.
He set a hearing for the two other defendants involved in the case for January 17, but excused Cardi B from attending.
Insisting on his client’s innocence, her lawyer Jeff Kern said “the case is not close to going to trial.”
Asked repeatedly by journalists whether the rapper — just returned from concerts in Nigeria and Ghana — might settle the case out of court, both Kern and her other lawyer Drew Findling skirted the issue.
Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B’s meteoric rise began during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.
On August 29, 2018, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her entourage reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah pipe, which police said bruised a female employee’s legs.
Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them was rumored to have slept with her husband, the rapper Offset.
Initially facing only misdemeanor charges, the rapper in April rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office.
That offer would have given the Grammy winner a conditional discharge if she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.
The new, more serious charges filed in June include two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, according to the case docket.
At that time the rapper brought Findling — the so-called “#BillionDollarLawyer” who has made a name for himself representing hip-hop stars in Atlanta, Georgia, the de-facto capital of rap — onto her legal team.
“We continue to aggressively defend this case,” Findling told journalists outside the court.
US rapper Cardi B canceled a concert in Indianapolis on Tuesday evening due to concerns over a “security threat,” she said on social media.
Indianapolis police confirmed the cancellation, citing an “unverified threat to the artist.”
“There is no immediate threat to public safety, this (is) not an active incident. Ongoing investigation,” the department said on its official Twitter account.
The 26-year-old rapper posted a video on Twitter and Instagram of what appeared to be rehearsals at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse earlier in the day.
“Dear Indiana people I’m so sorry for today,” she posted on Twitter. “Unfortunately there was a security threat that is currently under investigation right now. My safety and your safety first.”
On Instagram she said, “Im so sorry guys I never dealt with a situation like this before and I’m not taking any chances. I love you guys,” followed by two heart emojis.
The superstar, who has a one-year-old daughter with her husband, the rapper Offset, also posted a screenshot of a statement from the show’s promoters Mammoth Live saying the concert had been postponed due to “a security threat and safety concerns.”
Annoyed fans tweeted that the show was canceled only “minutes” before it was scheduled to start, but others expressed their support for “caring about our safety.”
Bankers Life Fieldhouse’s Twitter account said the concert would be rescheduled for September 11 and promised to honor tickets for the show’s original date.
Earlier in the day, the outspoken artist, who has professed her support for US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, tweeted to remind her followers to watch the Democratic debate. In January, she posted a profanity-laced video on Instagram blasting President Donald Trump and the lengthy US government shutdown.
Last month the Grammy-winning musician, born Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges related to her alleged involvement in a 2018 strip club brawl in her hometown of New York.
It was another exciting night to celebrate the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by some of the biggest names across television, film and music.
The night saw artists and top acts such as Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Michael B. Jordan and Nigeria’s Burna Boy, take top honours.
Here’s a full list of nominees and winners for the 2019 Bet Awards.
Best International Act
Aka (South Africa) Aya Nakamura (France) Burna Boy (Nigeria) – Winner Dave (Uk) Dosseh (France) Giggs (Uk) Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)
Headie One (Uk) Jokair (France) Nesly (France) Octavian (Uk) Sho Madjodzi (South Africa) – Winner Teniola Apata (Nigeria)
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé – Winner Ella Mai H.E.R. Solange Sza Teyana Taylor
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Anderson Paak Bruno Mars – Winner Childish Gambino Chris Brown John Legend Khalid
Best Group Chloe X Halle City Girls Lil Baby & Gunna Migos – Winner The Carters
Best Collaboration 21 Savage Ft. J. Cole A Lot Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like It H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller Could’ve Been Travis Scott Ft. Drake Sicko Mode – Winner Tyga Ft. Offset Taste
Best Male Hip Hop Artist 21 Savage Drake Cole Meek Mill Nipsey Hussle – Winner Travis Scott
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Cardi B – Winner Kash Doll Lizzo Megan Thee Stallion Nicki Minaj Remy Ma
Video Of The Year 21 Savage A Lot Ft. J. Cole Cardi B Money Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me Childish Gambino This Is America – Winner Drake Nice For What The Carters Apes**T
Video Director of The Year Benny Boom Colin Tilley Dave Meyers Hype Williams Karena Evans – Winner
Best New Artist
Blueface City Girls Juice Wrld Lil Baby – Winner Queen Naija
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell All Of My Life Fred Hammond Tell Me Where It Hurts Kirk Franklin Love Theory Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen Blessing Me Again – Winner Tori Kelly Ft. Kirk Franklin Never Alone
Issa Rae Regina Hall Regina King – Winner Taraji P. Henson Tiffany Haddish Viola Davis
Anthony Anderson Chadwick Boseman Denzel Washington Mahershala Ali Michael B. Jordan – Winner Omari Hardwick
Caleb Mclaughlin Lyric Ross Marsai Martin – Winner Michael Rainey Jr. Miles Brown
Blackkklansman – Winner Creed 2 If Beale Street Could Talk Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse The Hate U Give
Sportswoman Of The Year
Allyson Felix Candace Parker Naomi Osaka Serena Williams – Winner Simone Biles
Sportsman Of The Year
Kevin Durant Lebron James Odell Beckham Jr. Stephen Curry – Winner Tiger Woods
Album Of The Year
Astroworld Travis Scott Championships Meek Mill Ella Mai Ella Mai Everything Is Love The Carters Invasion Of Privacy Cardi B – Winner
2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like It Childish Gambino This Is America Drake In My Feelings Ella Mai Trip – Winner Cole Middle Child Travis Scott Ft. Drake Sicko Mode
Bet Her Award
Alicia Keys Raise A Man Ciara Level Up H.E.R. Hard Place – Winner Janelle Monáe Pynk Queen Naija Mama’s Hand Teyana Taylor Rose In Harlem
A grand jury has indicted Cardi B over her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl, a spokeswoman for Queens prosecutors said Friday, with court documents showing 14 new counts including two felonies against the rap superstar.
Initially facing only misdemeanor charges over the 2018 incident, the Bronx rapper in April had rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office.
That offer would have given the 26-year-old Grammy winner conditional discharge if she pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.
The new charges include two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, according to the case docket.
The felony classification would not spell jail time, according to New York state law, but could result in probation that could impact Cardi B’s heavy touring schedule.
Her lawyer did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment. The rapper’s arraignment is scheduled for June 25.
On August 29, 2018, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her group reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah smoking device, which police said bruised a female employee in the legs.
That October, police charged the artist with assault and reckless endangerment over the incident.
She allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them slept with her husband, the rapper Offset.
Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, Cardi B’s meteoric rise to fame sparked during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.
She is no stranger to controversy — she was involved in a fracas with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week in September, later taking to Instagram to say that the older Minaj had questioned her parenting skills.
Cardi B has not yet publicly spoken of her heightened legal battle, having become the first female rapper to be named Songwriter of the Year during the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in California on Thursday night.
Lady Gaga stunned Monday at New York’s Met Gala, embodying the extravaganza’s “camp” theme as she peeled back to look after garish look at the fete thrown by the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art that sees Hollywood and fashion collide.
The 2019 carpet — pink, for the occasion — into the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose yearly bash welcomes over-the-top looks that skew to a theme, was even more of an eye-popping doozy than usual thanks to this year’s concept.
Gold, trains, fringe, fur, blonde wigs and inspirations from drag as well as camp legends Cher and David Bowie were trending on the pink carpet celebrating fashion so bad it’s good.
Superstar Gaga set a high bar, bringing a shape-shifting look sure to spawn a thousand memes.
The pop diva played Russian doll as her entourage unzipped three different looks in hot pink and black until she sported nothing but glittering black lingerie, fishnets, vertiginous platform boots and wildly long spiky gold false eyelashes.
Singer Katy Perry was literally glowing: the superstar dressed as a candelabra chandelier dripping with crystals, a clear reference to the Lumiere character from Beauty and the Beast.
Rap star Cardi B brought her own red carpet, donning a curve-hugging oxblood Thom Browne gown embellished with feathers that radiated out to form a lengthy circular train, a look she capped with a bugle-bead headpiece.
Pop futurist Janelle Monae had jaws dropping with an elaborate black, white and pink number that recalled a cubist painting — complete with a Cleopatra-style eye covering one breast whose lavishly long eyelashes blinked and a tower of hats that would inspire envy in the Madhatter himself.
– Barbie girl – The gala kicks off the Met’s annual major fashion exhibition, with seats going for $35,000 a piece.
Attendance is by invitation only, and word has it that Vogue editor extraordinaire Anna Wintour has the final say over each person on the guest list.
Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams joined Wintour and Gaga to co-chair the event, which raises money for its Costume Institute.
Country superstar Kacey Musgraves rolled up in a bright pink Barbie corvette and was dressed as the iconic doll to boot, sporting a skin-tight Moschino pink zippered dress, with matching cat-eye sunglasses and a feather boa.
Lupita Nyong’o meanwhile embodied the theme donning a gown topped off with a rainbow-coloured plume, matching fluffy fan and gold Afro picks in her Marie Antoinette-style beehive updo.
A coterie of men also ran with the concept, including actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who wore an all-white suit with an ascot tie and glittering green brooch.
Billy Porter, meanwhile, had his mic-drop moment with a fabulous entrance that saw the performer arrive on a gold litter hoisted by six shirtless men before he got down to show off his sparkling set of wings.
– ‘Subversive’ – So what exactly is “camp?”
The museum’s exhibition is based on “Notes on Camp,” an essay written in 1964 by American author Susan Sontag.
“Camp is by nature subversive… confronting and challenging the status quo,” the Costume Institute’s head curator Andrew Bolton said at a press event ahead of the gala.
“In the end, the purpose of the camp is to put a smile on our faces and a warm glow in our hearts.”
Some of the items in the exhibition might best explain the theme: the “swan dress” worn by Bjork to the Oscars, a glittering costume worn by flamboyant US singer Liberace, a shower head necklace designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe in the 1980s.
“We’re experiencing a resurgence of camp — not just in fashion, but in culture in general,” said Bolton.
“Camp tends to come to the fore in moments of social and political instability. The 1960s was one such moment, as were the 1980s.”
The exhibition “Camp: Notes on Fashion” — a play on the title of Sontag’s essay — opens to the public at the Met on Thursday and runs through September 8.
Among the other nominees are Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper who are up for the chart achievement award, the top soundtrack for A Star Is Born, and top-selling song for “Shallow.” Gaga is up separately for top song sales artist.
For this year’s ceremony, there are two fan-voted categories — top social artist, and chart achievement.
Kelly Clarkson will be hosting the wards slated to hold May 1 at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
See the full list of nominees below.
Top Artist: Cardi B Drake Ariana Grande Post Malone Travis Scott
Top New Artist: Bazzi Juice Wrld Lil Baby Dua Lipa Ella Mai
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Dan + Shay Drake Ariana Grande Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Dua Lipa
Top Male Artist: Drake Post Malone Travis Scott Ed Sheeran XXXTentacion
Top Female Artist: Cardi B Ariana Grande Halsey Ella Mai Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: BTS Dan + Shay Imagine Dragons Maroon 5 Panic! At The Disco
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake Ariana Grande Post Malone Travis Scott XXXTentacion
Top Hot 100 Artist: Cardi B Drake Ariana Grande Juice Wrld Post Malone
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Cardi B Drake Ariana Grande Post Malone XXXTentacion
Top Song Sales Artist: Drake Ariana Grande Imagine Dragons Lady Gaga Post Malone
Top Radio Songs Artist: Cardi B Drake Ariana Grande Maroon 5 Post Malone
Top Social Artist: BTS EXO GOT7 Ariana Grande Louis Tomlinson
Top Touring Artist: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Bruno Mars Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Justin Timberlake
Top R&B Artist: H.E.R. Khalid Ella Mai The Weeknd XXXTentacion
Top R&B Male Artist: Khalid The Weeknd XXXTentacion
Top R&B Female Artist: H.E.R. Ella Mai Queen Naija
Top R&B Tour: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Childish Gambino Bruno Mars
Top Rap Artist: Cardi B Drake Juice Wrld Post Malone Travis Scott
Top Rap Male Artist: Drake Post Malone Travis Scott
Top Rap Female Artist: Cardi B City Girls Nicki Minaj
Top Rap Tour: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Drake Travis Scott
Top Country Artist: Jason Aldean Kane Brown Luke Combs Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line
Top Country Male Artist: Jason Aldean Kane Brown Luke Combs
Top Country Female Artist: Maren Morris Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood
Top Country Duo/Group: Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Old Dominion
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Shania Twain
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons Lovelytheband Panic! At The Disco Queen Twenty One Pilots
Top Rock Tour: Elton John The Rolling Stones U2
Top Latin Artist: Anuel AA Bad Bunny J Balvin Ozuna Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Calvin Harris Kygo Marshmello Odesza The Chainsmokers
Top Christian Artist: Cory Asbury Lauren Daigle For King & Country Hillsong Worship MercyMe
Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin Koryn Hawthorne Tori Kelly Tasha Cobbs Leonard Marvin Sapp
Top Billboard 200 Album: Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy” Drake “Scorpion” Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys” Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD” XXXTentacion “?”
Top Soundtrack: “13 Reasons Why: Season 2” “A Star is Born” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” “The Greatest Showman”
Top R&B Album: Ella Mai “Ella Mai” H.E.R. “H.E.R.” Khalid “American Teen” The Weeknd “My Dear Melancholy,” XXXTentacion “17”
Top Rap Album: Cardi B “Invasion of Privacy” Drake “Scorpion” Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys” Travis Scott “ASTROWORLD” XXXTentacion “?”
Top Country Album: Jason Aldean “Rearview Town” Kane Brown “Kane Brown” Luke Combs “This One’s For You” Dan + Shay “Dan + Shay” Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”
Top Rock Album: Dave Matthews Band “Come Tomorrow” Imagine Dragons “Origins” Mumford & Sons “Delta” Panic! At This Disco “Pray For The Wicked” Twenty One Pilots “Trench”
Top Latin Album: Anuel AA “Real Hasta la Muerte” Bad Bunny “X 100PRE” J Balvin “Vibras” Maluma “F.A.M.E.” Ozuna “Aura”
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Clean Bandit “What Is Love?” David Guetta “7” Kygo “Kids in Love” Major Lazer “Major Lazer Essentials” The Chainsmokers “Sick Boy”
Top Christian Album: Cory Asbury “Reckless Love” Lauren Daigle “Look Up Child” For King & Country “Burn The Ships” Hillsong Worship “There Is More” Zach Williams “Chain Breaker”
Top Gospel Album: Snoop Dogg & Various Artists “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love” Aretha Franklin “Gospel Greats” Koryn Hawthorne “Unstoppable” Tori Kelly “Hiding Place” Jonathan McReynolds “Make Room”
Top Hot 100 Song: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams” Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” Post Malone “Better Now” Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams” Post Malone “Better Now” Travis Scott “SICKO MODE” XXXTentacion “SAD!”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Drake “In My Feelings” Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams” Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” Travis Scott “SICKO MODE” XXXTentacion “SAD!”
Top Selling Song: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” Drake “In My Feelings” Halsey “Without Me” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Shallow” Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
Top Radio Song: Khalid & Normani “Love Lies” Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” Post Malone “Better Now” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”
Top Collaboration: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” Khalid & Normani “Love Lies” Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” Marshmello & Bastille “Happier” Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho”
Top R&B Song: DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo “No Brainer” Ella Mai “Boo’d Up” Ella Mai “Trip” Khalid “Better” Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown “Freaky Friday”
Top Rap Song: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” Drake “In My Feelings” Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams” Post Malone “Better Now” Travis Scott “SICKO MODE”
Top Country Song: Kane Brown “Heaven” Luke Combs “She Got the Best of Me” Dan + Shay “Speechless” Dan + Shay “Tequila” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
Top Rock Song: Foster The People “Sit Next to Me” Imagine Dragons “Natural” Imagine Dragons “Whatever It Takes” Lovelytheband “broken” Panic! At The Disco “High Hopes”
Top Latin Song: Bad Bunny ft. Drake “Mia” Daddy Yankee “Dura” DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki” Nicky Jam & J Balvin “X” Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki” Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss” Marshmello & Bastille “Happier” Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone “Jackie Chan” Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”
Top Christian Song: Cory Asbury “Reckless Love” Lauren Daigle “You Say” For King & Country “joy.” Hillsong Worship “Who You Say I Am” Tauren Wells “Known”
Top Gospel Song: Todd Dulaney “Your Great Name” Koryn Hawthorne “Won’t He Do It” Tori Kelly ft. Kirk Franklin “Never Alone” Jason Nelson “Forever” Brian Courtney Wilson “A Great Work”
Some fans, have, however, argued that while her actions were indeed criminal, she no longer tows the path and she can’t be compared to other celebrities who allegedly committed the crimes despite their status and privilege.
Red-hot rap queen Cardi B is working to quash controversy over resurfaced footage in which she admits to drugging and robbing men, pointing to “limited options” in her days as a stripper.
Social media backlash has swirled in recent days over the three-year-old clip taken from an Instagram live session, with the unfiltered rapper saying she “drugged (men) up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”
Responding to the criticism over the video, the now 26-year-old went on the offensive on Instagram, saying she had discussed “things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living.”
“I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not.”
The expletive-laden video appears to be a response to allegations that she hadn’t earned her success, with Cardi saying in it: “nothing was… handed to me.”
But the clip triggered the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB, a reference to the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” that refocused attention on sex abuse accusations against that R&B star.
Many Twitter users alleged a double standard, saying her actions were comparable to those of male performers accused of sexual assault.
“The men I spoke about in my live were men that I dated that I was involved with men that were conscious willing and aware,” she posted on Instagram late Tuesday.
The outspoken superstar — who last month became the first woman solo artist to win a Best Rap Album Grammy — said she is part “of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”
“There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs and robbing,” Cardi said. “I never glorified the things I brought up in that live I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.”
“All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”
Born Belcalis Almanzar to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother, the Bronx native’s unchartered rise to fame kicked off during her days as a stripper, when she carved out a social media personality on platforms including Instagram.
She is married to fellow rapper Offset with whom she has a baby daughter, Kulture.
Rap history was made Sunday at the Grammys as Cardi B became the first woman to win the award for Best Rap Album and Childish Gambino scored two other landmark victories for the genre: Song and Record of the Year.
For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists dominated nominations across the board.
But unlike in years past, the artists snagged a handful of major wins — perhaps a sign that the Recording Academy is slowly getting in touch with pop culture’s more groundbreaking work.
Cardi B’s win for “Invasion of Privacy” was a crowning achievement for the artist, now at the top of the male-dominated hip hop world.
The 26-year-old rap queen beat out the late Mac Miller and superstar Travis Scott to claim her first career Grammy, having soared to fame on the runaway success of her smash hit “Bodak Yellow” that centers on the Bronx native’s past as a stripper.
The visibly shaking star, fresh off a rousing performance of her hit “Money,” delivered an emotional acceptance speech alongside her husband Offset of the rap trio Migos.
“The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed,” she said to laughter and applause, before turning to Offset and saying: “you husband, thank you.”
Cardi B’s vivacious charisma shines through on the album, in which she brashly owns her sex industry past — and her spectacular rise to the upper echelons of music.
The star born Belcalis Almanzar provided the soundtrack of the 2018 summer with her saucy hit “I Like It,” which pays homage to her Latin roots by sampling a 60s-era boogaloo standard.
One of the most successful albums of 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America certified all 13 tracks on “Invasion of Privacy” as “gold” or higher — a benchmark of sales — the first female artist to do so.
Gambino wins big
Childish Gambino won the first Song and Record of the Year awards ever for a rap song, a milestone for the genre that the academy has drawn criticism for snubbing in the past.
Gambino — the rap alter ego of actor Donald Glover — was one of the night’s leading stars with four wins, also scooping a Best Rap/Sung Performance award and Best Music Video for the provocative hit “This Is America.”
But he wasn’t at the gala to enjoy the moment.
His collaborators told journalists they did not know why he did not attend, but he had reportedly declined an invitation to perform.
“I think if you listen to the radio or if you just watch our culture, if you look at the most downloaded, streamed artists…you see what people are getting inspired by,” said Ludwig Goransson, who co-wrote the hit with Gambino.
“It’s about time that something like this happened with the Grammys,” he told journalists after the gala. “They’re getting the same kind of senses as the people.”
The trap gospel song packed with social commentary juxtaposes an up-tempo rhythm, layered with church hymns and Afrobeats, with a heavier, more foreboding bassline.
Drake — who snagged seven nominations — won Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan,” his only win of the night for the inescapable smash of 2018.
The Canadian rapper — who has sparred with the Recording Academy in past years — showed up to accept the award despite rumors that he would skip the gala.
But his acceptance speech was delivered with a perceptible twinge of bitterness.
“It’s like the first time in Grammys history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that — that is really nice,” he said.
Kendrick Lamar, who led the Grammy nominee field with eight nods, tied for his first win of the night for “King’s Dead,” which he had performed alongside Jay Rock, Future and James Blake.
Rapper-drummer Anderson .Paak shared that Best Rap Performance prize for “Bubblin'”.
Music industry chameleon Pharrell Williams meanwhile topped rap megastar Kanye West to take home the trophy for Non-Classical Producer of the Year.
Rap’s woman of the moment Cardi B unleashed a profanity-laced rant blasting Donald Trump and the US government shutdown, leaving some Democratic lawmakers wondering whether to promote the clip touching on their talking points.
The Bronx-born artist with some 40 million Instagram followers posted the video late Wednesday, denouncing Trump’s callback of furloughed federal employees to complete vital government tasks without pay as the shutdown drags into its fourth week.
“Hey y’all,” begins the Grammy-nominated superstar known for hits like “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It.”
“Trump is now ordering — as in summonsing — federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid,” she says in the clip, which has racked up more than 10 million views.
“Now, I don’t want to hear Y’all mother fuckers talkin’ bout, ‘oh but Obama shut down the government for 17 days,'” she says, referencing a 2013 funding gap.
“Yeah, bitch! For health care! So your grandma could check her blood pressure.”
Democratic senators Brian Schatz from Hawaii and Chris Murphy of Connecticut puzzled over whether to promote the viral video — but ultimately decided against it.
“Guys, I’m still holding my breath,” tweeted top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. “Are you gonna RT Cardi B or not?”
“We decided not to do it,” Schatz tweeted. “Wouldn’t be senatorial.”
Acknowledging that many of her fans might not be following the shutdown saga, which is persisting due to a standoff between the US president and Democrats in Congress, Cardi B said: “we really need to take this seriously.”
“Our country is in a hellhole right now,” the 26-year-old said. “All for a fucking wall.”
Trump insists he won’t agree to open the government until Congress signs off on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico, which he argues is needed to prevent illegal immigration.
“This is crazy,” said Cardi B, who was born to a Dominican father and Trinidadian mother. “I feel like we need to take some action.”
US rapper Cardi B appeared Friday in a New York criminal court, where she was served with two protection orders and warned against making threatening remarks on social media following a strip club brawl.
The 26-year-old — dressed in a belted black coat with a fur collar and a wide-brimmed beige hat, with rainbow-coloured hair and silver sparkly nail extensions — was in court as she received five Grammy nominations.
Her five-minute appearance in the Queens courtroom came four days after she failed to turn up as requested on Monday, leading prosecutors to demand a $2,500 bail.
But the judge deemed that unnecessary, saying she was not a flight risk.
The star, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, was ordered to refrain from any contact with two alleged victims, which the judge said included not making any remarks on social media that could be deemed threatening.
She stood wordlessly with her hands clasped behind her back, before exiting with her lawyer through a throng of television cameras and photographers waiting outside and getting into a vehicle.
On August 29, Cardi B was in the Angels Strip Club in Queens when her group reportedly lobbed bottles, chairs and a hookah smoking device, which police said bruised a female employee in the legs.
On Friday, the singer waited more than half an hour in the basement arraignment courtroom, seated in the public gallery while six other defendants appeared before her.
In October, police charged her with one count of assault and two counts of reckless endangerment over the incident.
US media reports say she allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club because one of them slept with her husband, the rapper Offset. She announced this week that the couple had separated.
They secretly married in September 2017 and share a daughter, Kulture, born in July.
Cardi B has turned into one of the biggest new stars in US music since the runaway success last year of her song “Bodak Yellow,” which touches on her former life making ends meet as a stripper.
She was also involved in a fracas with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week in September, later taking to Instagram to say that the older Minaj had questioned her parenting skills.
At the Grammys in February, Cardi B will vie for two of the most prestigious awards — Album and Record of the Year.
US rapper Cardi B on Wednesday announced the end of her 15-month marriage to Offset, the rapper and father of her daughter, dropping a video with the news on Instagram.
“It’s nobody’s fault it’s just like I guess we grew out of love,” says the 26-year-old, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar.
“We’re not together anymore. I don’t know, it might take time to get a divorce.”
Earlier this year, she confirmed reports that the pair had secretly married in September 2017. Their daughter, Kulture, was born in July.
The separation revelation comes two days before Cardi B is due to appear in a New York court over assault and reckless endangerment charges. She had been expected to appear Monday but failed to turn up.
The case stems from an August strip club brawl, which celebrity website TMZ said Cardi B ordered to target two bartenders — sisters who accuse her of harboring a grudge because one of them slept with Offset.
“We’ve got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time,” says Cardi B in the video. “I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father.”
Cardi B was in the Queens strip club on August 29 while Offset was performing in the hard-living hip hop trio Migos when someone in her group lobbed furniture, bruising an employee in the legs.
Cardi B has become one of the biggest new stars in US music since the runaway success last year of her song “Bodak Yellow,” which touches on her former life making ends meet as a stripper.
A Bronx native, she is the first female rapper to have had multiple No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
She was also involved in a fracas with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj at New York Fashion Week in September, later taking to Instagram to say that the older Minaj had questioned her parenting skills.