Just six weeks after the birth of her daughter, Kulture, American rapper Cardi B not only took the stage to open the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) but also took home the award for Best New Artist — squashing rumors that motherhood would kill her music career, reported Glamour.
In true Cardi style, she even pranked the crowd by pretending to breastfeed her baby onstage before opening the show.
“A couple of months ago, a lot of people were saying, you know, you are gambling your career. You about to have a baby, what are you doing?” Cardi told the crowd during her acceptance speech at the VMAs. “You know, I had a baby, I carried a baby, and I am still winning awards!”
This wasn’t the first time Cardi B responded to critics of her decision to be a mother, Glamour noted.
“Why can’t I have both?” she said, according to an earlier report in April. “Why do I have to choose a baby or a career? A family or a career? ... I’m 25 years old, and I’mma say this in the most humblest way: I’m a millionaire. I’m established. The industry is never promised, but I know that if I make the right money move, I’m gonna always have money.”
Clearly her fans agree with the progressive attitude toward motherhood.
The “Best New Artist” award is one of the few accolades that are fan-given, reported Vibe. “Powered by Taco Bell, fans worldwide were able to tweet for Cardi’s success through hashtag homage,’ according to the report.
The artist expressed her gratitude for the honor profusely.
“I wanna thank all my fans, my family, that supported me,” she said. “All the love that my fans, that my friends, that everybody shows me is genuine and that’s something that God give me that you can’t buy, bi**h.”
Cardi ended the night with a second Moon Person for “Song of the Summer” with “I Like It,” featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin, as well as “Best Collaboration” for Jennifer Lopez’s “Dinero” featuring DJ Khaled, noted Vibe.
Cardi B will perform in at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Sept. 29. Learn more here.
The 2018 Global Citizen Festival in New York will be presented for the very first time by Citi. MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson.
Proud partners of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, CHIME FOR CHANGE Founded by Gucci, Verizon, House of Mandela, iHeartMedia, and NYC Parks. Associate partners include Microsoft, Great Big Story, and One Championship.