Cardi B

Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar (born October 11, 1992), known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, songwriter and television personality. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York City, she first attracted attention for discussing her career as a stripper on social media; she became an Internet celebrity after several of her posts and videos went viral on Vine and Instagram.From 2015 to 2017, she appeared as a regular cast member on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York to follow her music aspirations, and released two mixtapes—Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

Cardi B has earned three number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100; “Bodak Yellow” made her the second female rapper to top the chart with a solo output—following Lauryn Hill in 1998, “I Like It” made her the first female rapper to attain multiple number-one songs on the chart, and her Maroon 5 collaboration “Girls Like You” extended that record. Released through Atlantic Records, her critically acclaimed studio album Invasion of Privacy (2018), on which the first two songs were included, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and broke several streaming records.That year, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Among her number of accolades, she has received two Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, nine BET Hip Hop Awards, a Billboard Music Award and more.

On January 3, 2018, Cardi B was featured on Bruno Mars’ remix version of “Finesse”, and also appeared in the 90’s inspired video. On January 18, 2018, Cardi B became the first woman to have five top 10 singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hopchart. She released another single, “Be Careful”, on March 30, 2018, a week before her album’s release.

Her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, was released on April 6, 2018, to universal acclaim from music critics. The album entered at number one in the United States, while she became the first female artist to chart 13 entries simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100, on the chart issue dated April 21.It also became the most streamed album by a female artist in a single week in Apple Music,and the largest on-demand audio streaming week ever for an album by a woman.Following the album’s release, during a performance on Saturday Night Live, Cardi B officially announced her pregnancy after much media speculation.

Several months later, in July 2018, the album’s fourth single, “I Like It”, which features vocals from Bad Bunny and J Balvin, reached number one on the Hot 100; this marked her second number one on the chart and made her the first female rapper to achieve multiple chart-toppers. Her collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You,” also reached number one the Hot 100 chart, extending her record among female rappers. The song’s music video reached 1 billion views on YouTube. With “Girls Like You” following “I Like It” at the top of the Billboard Radio Songs chart, Cardi B became the first female rapper to ever replace herself at number one on that chart.The sixth week atop the Hot 100 for the single made Cardi the female rapper with most cumulative weeks atop the chart, with ten weeks. In October 2018, Invasion of Privacy was certified double platinum by the RIAA, while 12 from the 13 tracks were certified gold or higher.

Cardi B received the most nominations for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards with 12 mentions, winning three awards. She also tied with Drake for the most nominations at the 2018 American Music Awards. She won three AMAs and performed at the ceremony. People en Español named her Star of the Year.

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