It’s official, 2018 is Cardi B’s year. On Sunday night (March 11), the rapper received the Best New Hip-Hop Artist Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and accepted it like only Cardi B can.
Dressed in a maroon gown, she took to the stage and was given the award by The Chainsmokers, before listing off all of the people she attributes her success to. At the top of the list was her publicist, her team at Atlantic Records and of course, friends, family and fans (her Bardi Gang).
“I’m going to thank a lot of people because a lot of people helped me with my success so here it goes,” she said, doing her signature “OKurrr” sound. “I want to thank my publicist, Patience, I want to thank my team, Pardison and Ev, I want to thank Atlantic, I want to thank my family. Um, who else?”
She also had to shout out her hubby. “I wanna thank my man, eyum!” she said, punctuated with her signature sound bites. “I want to thank my fans, Bardi Gang, because, ’cause even when I’m wrong they be like, ‘She still right.’ And I want to thank my haters too because [begins laughing] because they be downloading my stuff so they could hear it and talk crap about it but it benefits me. My album will be coming in April, OKurrr. Yessir. April. Stay tuned, muthaf… ow!”
She wore muted jewelry to the event at The Forum in Los Angeles, but was sporting her enormous engagement ring from Offset. Looks like April is about to be full of new Cardi B music and a possible Offset collab isn’t far-fetched.
Cardi was a favorite from the moment the awards show started, after opening the night with a rousing performance of “No Limit” and she was joined by G-Eazy. She also had the crowd rocking to “Bartier Cardi,” “Motor Sport” and her verse on Bruno Mars’ “Finesse (Remix).” The Bruno Mars track birthed a great working relationship between the two, who recently announced that Cardi would be joining Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour