Cardi B made history at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards — and unsurprisingly got pretty emotional.
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, making her the first solo woman to do so. During her speech, the rapper, taking the stage with Offset, teared up while talking about her pregnancy and daughter, who was born this past July.
“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 was 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.
Cardi is nominated for record of the year and album of the year, and also scored a nod for rap performance. She was on the Grammys stage earlier on Sunday for a rousing rendition of her single “Money.”
A Clam Shell
She also sent fans on Twitter into a frenzy with her red carpet dress. The singer is known for her eccentric style, wearing everything from head-to-toe animal print to a regal red ruffled gown in the past year alone.
The 26-year-old added another major look to the list. She wore a vintage Mugler design pulled straight from the archives of the label’s Fall 1995 Couture collection for her red carpet arrival.
The dress, which was originally worn by model Simonetta Gianfellici, featured a sequin nude bodysuit and long black skirt that bloomed out of something resembling a giant clam shell.
Fans had mixed reactions to the look on social media, with many praising the rapper for her over-the-top ensemble.