Rap history was made Sunday at the Grammys as Cardi B became the first woman to win the award for Best Rap Album and Childish Gambino scored two other landmark victories for the genre: Song and Record of the Year.
For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists dominated nominations across the board.
But unlike in years past, the artists snagged a handful of major wins — perhaps a sign that the Recording Academy is slowly getting in touch with pop culture’s more groundbreaking work.
Cardi B’s win for “Invasion of Privacy” was a crowning achievement for the artist, now at the top of the male-dominated hip hop world.
The 26-year-old rap queen beat out the late Mac Miller and superstar Travis Scott to claim her first career Grammy, having soared to fame on the runaway success of her smash hit “Bodak Yellow” that centers on the Bronx native’s past as a stripper.
The visibly shaking star, fresh off a rousing performance of her hit “Money,” delivered an emotional acceptance speech alongside her husband Offset of the rap trio Migos.