Bronx native Cardi B has gone from mixtape rapper to award show darling in less time then it takes for me to file my taxes. The 2019 Grammy award show proves that the rapper/singer secures the bags and the trophies while it looks like her reign is continuing into the second quarter.
After racking up 21 nominations at this year’s Billboard Music Awards show, the “Money” rapper is closer, now more than ever to matching the record for the most nominations in a single year.
Unlike the Grammys, the Billboard Awards don’t judge the best music. They’re decided by the same metrics that determine the Billboard charts: record sales, streaming performance, radio airplay, touring and more.
And Cardi is coming for the top spot which is currently held by both Drake and The Chainsmokers, who both earned 22 nominations in 2017.
That is not the only record Cardi will break if she manages to pull through with a few wins that night. Labeled as an award show that is friendly to Hip Hip, the Billboard Awards is also very friendly to the male artists of the genre, only awarding the coveted “Top Artist” award to one female rapper: the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes as a member of the R&B trio TLC in 1995. That means Cardi B would be the first solo female rapper ever to win if she grabs this trophy.
Fellow hip-hop stars Drake and Post Malone who are nominated for the “Top Artist” honor as well, are tied in second place with 17 nominations apiece, while Travis Scott, comes in third with a dozen chances to win.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will be hosted by pop singer and American Idol season one winner, Kelly Clarkson and will air on May 1 on NBC.
Written by: Chay Rodriguez