In case you missed it (But how could you?), Cardi B made history last night at the Grammys as the first solo woman to win Best Rap Album for “Invasion of Privacy.” After making her way to the stage to accept her award, the 26-year-old couldn’t even believe what was happening to her.
After giving praise to all the people involved in getting her to this point, she had a special thank you to her daughter, Kulture: “I want to thank my daughter. 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, l had like three songs that I was for sure having. And then you know, 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.” Watch the full speech below:
And her excitement continued backstage:
While Belcalis won big last night, she was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Performance. But, without some other great female rappers before her, the opportunity to even be nominated wouldn’t be possible. Let’s not forget about Lauryn Hill, who won best rap album as part of the Fugees in 1997 for “The Score.”
Although it’s taken 23 years for a single woman lyricist to win in the best album category for rap, at the biggest night in music, there have been many paving the way for this moment to come, especially Missy Elliott. The 47-year-old has been snubbed for this award on four separate occasions: 1998, 2000, 2004, and 2006. Despite the setbacks, Missy has won Grammys for Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Female Rap Solo Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video.
Even other rappers like, Eve, Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj and MIA have been overlooked (some not even considered) for the same honor Cardi was presented with, but they still support her despite what accolades say. And that’s what’s so beautiful, real women lift up other women.
Although male emcees like Eminem have received this recognition about six times, according to GQ UK, the mother of one’s win is so much bigger than the Grammys lack of acknowledging female rappers. It’s continuing to make a way for the next Cardi B, who will hopefully surpass this award, and will progress in making money moves.
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