Cardi B wins Woman of the Year at Billboard’s Women in Music event… as Breonna Taylor’s mother presents the WAP rapper with the honor
- The entire award show was pretaped as all honorees and presenters filmed from their respective homes to be as safe as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There were also several pretaped performances
She’s outspoken in pretty much everything she does.
And Thursday night was no exception, when rapper extraordinaire Cardi B received the coveted Woman Of The Year award at Billboard’s virtual Women in Music event.
The Bodak Yellow hitmaker, 28, gave a speech posted to her Instagram that was at once inspirational and candid, in which she admitted that 2020 ‘messed up’ her ‘creative space’.
Outspoken: On Thursday night, Cardi B received the coveted Woman Of The Year award at Billboard’s virtual Women in Music event
‘I had so many things planned,’ she said, later adding that ‘unfortunately due to Covid, I couldn’t put out the visuals the way that I wanted.
She continued to say that she was ‘grateful and thankful’ that the song she ‘actually DID put out this year,’ WAP, was so successful.
Not only did it break so many records, Cardi reflected, but additionally ‘it was just a conversation that I never thought it was gonna be so big!’
‘I mean, it pissed off a whole bunch of Republicans for no reason, you know what I’m saying? It was just weird,’ she added with a laugh.
Laying it out there: The Bodak Yellow hitmaker gave a speech that was at once inspirational and candid, in which she admitted that 2020 ‘messed up’ her ‘creative space’
Cardi’s award was presented by Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, who introduced her as an artist who has ‘used her platform to spread the truth about what happened to Breonna and to reaffirm that Black women’s lives matter.’
In the caption to her post, Cardi wrote, ‘Thank you so much @Billboard for this honor and @tamikalpalmer for presenting it to me!
‘I am also extremely grateful to [social justice leader] @tamikamallory and @aliciakeys for inviting me to the call where I got the chance to meet Tamika Palmer and hear Breonnas [sic] whole story for the first time’, she continued.
‘So many black men and women are wrongfully killed everyday with no consequence. Every one of you women inspire me! Thank you!’ Cardi concluded.
An honor: Cardi’s award was presented by Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, who introduced her as an artist who has ‘used her platform to spread the truth about what happened to Breonna and to reaffirm that Black women’s lives matter’
And in addition to her droves of fans, Cardi received some love and appreciation upon receipt of her award from another rather high profile musical artist.
The Money rapper posted video of a beautiful bouquet of flowers to her Instagram Stories, and zoomed in on the card which read: ‘Congrats on Woman of the Year! All my love, Gaga’
And Cardi clearly couldn’t contain her excitement about receiving the gift from Lady Gaga, releasing a chain of appreciative expletives in the brief snippet and captioning it with, ‘I can’t seem to cry ever again’.
From Gaga to Cardi: In addition to her droves of fans, Cardi received some love and appreciation upon receipt of her award from another rather high profile musical artist
Other artists to receive awards on Thursday night from Billboard included Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle and the one and only Dolly Parton.
Parton was presented her award, for Hitmaker, by her granddaughter Miley Cyrus, while Chloe X Halle were honored to receive their accolade from none other than Beyonce.
The R&B duo, composed of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, won the Rising Star Award.
Other artists to receive awards from Billboard at the Women in Music event: Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle (pictured) and the one and only Dolly Parton
Billboard Women In Music 2020 honorees
Woman Of The Year: Cardi B
Hitmaker Award: Dolly Parton
Rising Star Award: Chloe x Halle
Executives Of The Year: Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas
Icon Award: Jennifer Lopez
Powerhouse Award: Dua Lipa