Cardi B made history at the most recent Grammy Awards. The controversial star took home the award for Best Rap Album, the first solo female artist to do so. Cardi won over strong competition including the late artist Mac Miller and Travis Scott. While many fans took to social media to congratulate the rapper, there were those who took to Twitter to express their disappointment that Cardi won the award. Many thought that that Miller should have been honoured posthumously for his work. Backstage, Cardi made a tribute to the deceased rapper, saying she was “sharing the award with him.” Others said that Nicki Minaj was more deserving of the award.
Cardi was eventually forced to address the backlash on her Instagram account. The star uploaded a video expressing her frustration at the criticism while detailing the difficulties she faced recording the album while pregnant.”I’m sick of this s**t,” Cardi says in the now-deleted clip. “I worked hard for my… album.” Shortly after posting the footage, the rapper deactivated her Instagram account. Lady Gaga soon took to Twitter to defend the singer, the two first met at the awards show.
Gaga shared, “It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art. I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up & honor her. She is brave.” Cardi has been a long-time fan of Gaga, sharing that the superstar was an inspiration to her when she first started out in the industry. Here’s to women supporting women!