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Cardi B Becomes The First Solo Female Artist To Win A Best Rap Album Grammy

Lauryn Hill is the only other female winner, as part of her group Fugees.

Cardi B beat out stiff competition to win Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards, becoming the first solo female artist to ever win the award. She came out on top of a highly contested field that also featured the late Mac Miller’s Swimming, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, Pusha-T’s DAYTONA, and Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD. Lauryn Hill previously won a Best Rap Album Grammy in 1997 as part of Fugees.

During her emotional acceptance speech, Cardi reflected on finding out she was pregnant while still working on the project. She revealed that she only had three songs completely finished at the time. “It was very long nights,” she said while thanking her collaborators:

Cardi also posted a video on Instagram celebrating her win. She thanked her collaborators and shouted out Mac Miller’s family saying, “I read an article that Mac Miller’s family said that if he don’t win, they want me to win, so I’m sharing this Grammy with you.”

Miller’s former girlfriend Ariana Grande tweeted and deleted several messages expressing her frustration about his loss when it was announced:

She later clarified that she was reacting to the Recording Academy inviting Mac’s parents to the show despite him not winning. Grande also said she was still happy for Cardi’s success before deleting all her tweets.

Cardi later responded to backlash against her win in a now-deleted Instagram video:

Invasion of Privacy debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April 2018 and has been certified double Platinum by the RIAA. The album broke numerous streaming records during its opening week, and the Bad Bunny and J Balvin-assisted single, “I Like It,” also made Cardi the first female rapper in history to score multiple No. 1 hits.

Genius recently discussed the 2019 Grammy Award nominees on For The Record:

Read all the lyrics to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy on Genius now.

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