Cardi B brought her husband, Offset, on stage with to accept the award for best rap album. The winner was visibly nervous and took a few moments to ready herself, beginning her 2019 Grammys acceptance speech by acknowledging her anxiety.
“The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed,” joked Cardi B, the first solo female artist to win best rap album at the Grammys.
Her speech turned from funny to sentimental when she added her daughter to the list of people who helped her make her album. That thank-you was ultimately an acknowledgment of the conditions she had to work under in order to complete her album while pregnant.
“When I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete,” Cardi told the crowd. “I had like three songs I was for sure having. And then, you know. You know how it was. We was like, ‘We have to get this album done, so I can shoot these videos while I’m still not showing.’ It was very long nights.”
In other history-making news, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) made history in two categories, though he didn’t attend the show. He became the first rapper with the first rap song to win best record and best song of the year, respectively. Ahead of the show, it was reported that Glover turned down an offer to perform and was unlikely to attend, likely due to the Grammys long-standing hip-hop problem. Ludwig Göransson, who produced “This is America,” accepted the Grammy on his behalf.