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Cardi B made history tonight as the first female solo artist to win the Rap Album of the Year ever at the Grammys for Invasion of Privacy. As Vulture pointed out, Lauryn Hill was the last woman to win the award over 20 years ago with the Fugees, so Cardi’s win is especially momentous.
A very nervous and flustered Cardi took the stage with her husband Offset to accept the honor. “Babe, I can’t breathe,” she started, holding onto Offset. “Oh my goodness, um….listen, I’m sorry, I just, wooo, the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed,” she joked.
Then she started her thank you list with a broad sweep: “I just want to say thank you everybody that was involved.” Cardi proceeded to highlight several particular people, including her daughter and collaborators: “I want to thank my daughter Kulture…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. 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. I want to thank all the artists in my—I’m sorry, I don’t got [time]. I want to thank all the artists that took their time and did verses for my album.” She listed them, including Migos, which prompted her to give Offset his shoutout. “You, husband, thank you. Nah, seriously, ’cause he was like, you’re going to do this album, girl. We’re gonna have this baby, and we’re gonna make this album. And thank you so much, everybody.”