American rapper Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar popularly known as Cardi B on Sunday night at the 61st Grammy Awards made history as her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” won the best rap album of the year making her the first solo woman to do so.
Cardi B beat Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Travis Scott, and the late Mac Miller to win the rap album award.
During her speech, the rapper, taking the stage with Offset, teared up while talking about her pregnancy and daughter, Kulture, who was born this past July.
“I want to thank my daughter,” she said. “I’m not just saying thank you because she’s my daughter. It’s because, you know, when I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete, like three songs that 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 could still do videos while I’m still not showing. And it was very long nights.”
While Cardi’s the first woman to win the award for a solo act, Lauryn Hill did win best rap album as part of hip-hop group Fugees (also made up of Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel) in 1997.
Cardi B was born on Oct. 11, 1992 in New York City, N.Y. She released her first No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow,” in 2017 for which she earned her first two GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.