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The 2019 Grammy Awards was supposed to be major for Cardi B, who was nominated in five categories and also performed during the show. Although she made history as the first solo female rapper to win best rap album for her debut album Invasion of Privacy, her celebration was short-lived, as she faced criticism from naysayers.
When she accepted the award during Sunday night’s ceremony, Cardi thanked her daughter, Kulture, because when she finally revealed she was pregnant last April, her album wasn’t fully complete. “I had, like, three songs I was for sure having. And then you know how it was: We was like, We have to get this album done so I could shoot these videos while I’m still not showing. And it was very long nights,” she said, as her husband, Offset, supported her onstage.
It didn’t take long after her win for detractors on social media to discredit her feat, and a few people, including Ariana Grande, got caught in the crossfire. Below, everything you need to know about all the drama that happened after Cardi B’s big Grammy win.
Ariana Grande reacts to Cardi B’s best rap album win.
Ariana Grande backed out of attending the 2019 Grammys due to a disagreement with Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, but tuned in to the award show, paying close attention to the best rap album category, where her late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, was nominated. However, when Cardi swept up the award, Ariana sent out a few tweets that suggested she was frustrated.
She quickly deleted the tweets but images of her tweets had already spread across social media. When a fan suggested that Ariana’s tweets were about Mac Miller losing and not about Cardi in particular, Ariana confirmed, writing, “nothing to do with her. good for her. i promise. i’m sorry.” She also revealed Miller’s mother, Karen, was going to have a custom suit made for the Grammy Awards.
Shortly after her win, Cardi shared a video of her backstage celebration, which could’ve been inspired by Ariana’s reaction. “I read an article that Mac Miller’s family said that if he don’t win they want me to win, so I’m sharing this Grammy with you,” she said in the video.
Cardi B continues to defend her Grammys win.
As the criticism mounted following her historic win, Cardi B hopped on Instagram to explain how hard she worked to create her debut album and defended her achievement. She said that she “slept in the studio on leather sofas for three months straight” and faced backlash from naysayers calling her “stupid” for having a baby just as her career was skyrocketing.
BET tries to pit Cardi B and Nicki Minaj against each other in a tweet.
After Cardi B won best rap album, BET sent out an ill-advised tweet about Nicki Minaj’s Grammy snub (Minaj received no nominations for her Queen album).
BET’s tweet quickly got back to Minaj, and she decided to pull out of the network’s upcoming BET Experience festival, which she and Cardi B were co-headlining. “Young Money will no longer be apart of the BET Experience or award show. Summer Tour dates dropping soon,” she wrote on Twitter. Then, Minaj shared images of her Barbs defending her in BET’s comments.
Fed up with the drama that had transpired since her Grammys win, Cardi released a video on Instagram, once again defending her award. She started off by condemning BET’s actions before taking aim at her critics. “I’ve been taking a lot of bullshit today and I saw a lot of bullshit last night and I’m sick of this shit,” she said. “I remember last year when I didn’t win for ‘Bodak Yellow,’ everybody was like, ‘Cardi got snubbed, Cardi got snubbed.’ Now this year it’s a fucking problem?”
Then, Cardi deleted her Instagram account.
With all the backlash she’s faced in the past 24 hours, Cardi decided to take a break from the negativity by deactivating her Instagram account.