Cardi B's Best GRAMMYs Moments: Performing With Bruno Mars, Meeting JAY-Z and a Letter From Bono
By John Boone
Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS
Cardi B may have lost both of her GRAMMY categories to Kendrick Lamar -- had she won, she would have made history as the first female to win Best Rap Song or Best Rap Performance -- but that didn't stop her from absolutely slaying the night.
Cardi shared photos from the red carpet on Instagram and captioned one, "LOOKING LIKE OUR MOM"
That's an Ashi Studio dress with Messina jewelry and, of course, Loubs. During a pre-show interview, Cardi was asked how she was taking in her first GRAMMYs and replied, "I'm feeling good. I'm feeling nervous, overwhelmed, everything. I feel it all. ooOOoo! Butterflies in my stomach and vagina!"
She later revealed on Instagram that Bono wrote her a letter and her reaction was peak Cardi:
"Oh my god, I got a f**king note from Bono. From Bono! He said I'm the biggest thing in Ireland…He knows me! He f**king knows me, b***h! I can't believe it...Nobody talk to me now. And our names start with a B."
Inside the show, she was seated with Migos, including fiancé Offset:
That's one hell of a date night.
She also posed for pictures with JAY-Z, because Cardi is rap elite now.
And looked flawless with Janelle Monáe:
We can all agree that it was absolutely wild hearing Katie Holmes introduce Cardi's performance with Bruno Mars, right? The performance itself, their remix of "Finesse," was a smash, perfectly recreating the '90s vibe of the music video, now with bonus zooming in on Cardi's self-proclaimed "fat a**." Amid the evening's many, many ballads, this was the number that got the audience hyped, especially when Cardi returned to the stage and added a few bars from "Bartier Cardi."
Before the telecast began, Cardi was all anyone could talk about on the red carpet, with Khalid, Rita Ora and Thomas Rett among the countless attendees who gushed to ET about how excited they were to see her perform. It's safe to say they did not go home disappointed. For all your re-watching pleasure:
Judging from the backstage photos taken after their performance, it seems Cardi thought the number went well too:
All that alone is enough to declare her the undisputed winner of the 2018 GRAMMYs -- but she's also responsible for one of the most unexpected and sure-to-be-viral moments of the show: Appearing in a skit "auditioning" to read the audiobook for the Trump tell-all, Fire and Fury.
In a bit that also included Cher and Hillary frickin' Clinton, Cardi B was the best. "If Trump was not having his 6:30 dinner with Steve Bannon, then more to his liking he was in bed by that time with a cheeseburger. Okuuuur," she cooed, before voicing what we were all thinking: "Why am I even reading this sh*t? I can't believe this. I can't believe that he really-- This is how he lives his life?"
All hail, Cardi B! Let's nominate "Bodak Yellow" every year.