Cardi B Shows Up To Court as She Receives 5 GRAMMY Nominations
By Jackie Willis
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Cardi B had to put her celebrating on hold after earning an impressive five GRAMMY nominations.
The 26-year-old rapper was seen walking into Queens County Criminal Courts Building in New York City on Friday for her arraignment hearing on misdemeanor charges after a judge threatened to issue a warrant for her arrest if she did not show up. Cardi's initial hearing was scheduled for Monday but she was a no-show.
The "Bodak Yellow" artist appeared in good spirits as she entered the courthouse. Wearing over-sized sunglasses and a big hat over her multi-colored wig, Cardi had a big smile on her face. She paired her large accessories with a black coat, a leopard-print scarf and boots with a very thin heel.
The Queens DA confirms to ET that Cardi showed up for her scheduled court appearance and was released on her own recognizance. Her next scheduled court date will be on Jan. 31, 2019.
On Oct. 1, Cardi was arrested and charged with assault and reckless endangerment after turning herself into New York police. The NYPD confirmed to ET at the time that Cardi -- whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar-- turned herself in as part of an investigation into an assault complaint that stemmed from an incident that occurred on Aug. 29 at around 3 a.m. According to police, the "I Like It" emcee got into a fight at Angels Gentlemen’s Club and allegedly threw a chair at an unintended target.
ET learned that during Friday's hearing, prosecutors asked that Cardi’s bail be set at $2,500, but the judge instead declared she be released without bail because he did not feel she was a flight risk. The judge further warned the rapper that she is to have no contact with the individuals involved in the alleged assault, and advised that no contact includes making threats or comments on social media. The judge also issued protective orders for both of the alleged victims.
While Cardi was getting her day in court, the GRAMMY nominees were being announced not too far away at CBS This Morning's studios in NYC. Cardi B scored five nods -- including major nominations in the Record of the Year and Album of the Year categories.
Come February, the rapper will find out if her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, and Bad Bunny/J Balvin collab, "I Like It," will win the night's big awards. Cardi was also nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," and Best Rap Performance for "Be Careful."
The 61st annual GRAMMYs air Feb. 10 on CBS.
It's been a week of ups and downs for Cardi. In addition to her legal woes and GRAMMY noms, she also announced that she and husband Offset have called it quits. This, however, didn't stop her from partying in Miami on Wednesday night!
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