Cardi B won big at the Grammys last night. The 26-year-old rapper took home the Grammy for Best Rap Album on Sunday, Feb. 10, sparking excitement from her fans and disappointment in others, namely Mac Miller’s fans. The late rapper’s last album, Swimming, was nominated for Best Rap Album alongside Invasion of Privacy, and Cardi B won out. But Cardi B’s tribute to Mac Miller after the Grammys is a heartfelt move on Cardi’s part.
Cardi B had the odds stacked against her in the Best Rap Album category. She was the only woman nominated in the category that included Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD, Pusha T’s Daytona, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, and Miller’s Swimming. This nomination marked Cardi’s second year in a row being nominated and Miller’s first.
Fans of Miller believed Miller would end up winning Best Rap Album posthumously, taking the fact that the Grammys invited his parents out to the event as a hint. But Cardi ended up winning.
Ariana Grande was particularly upset about that. Not about Cardi’s win, but rather the fact that the Recording Academy nominated Miller posthumously, invited his parents out to the show, and then didn’t give him the award for Best Rap Album.
It should be noted that the Grammy Awards winners are decided by voting members of the Academy, therefore a win for Miller could never be guaranteed. Still, it’s not hard to understand why Grande was emotional — it would have been amazing for Miller to win the award and so many people thought he deserved it.
The moment prompted the “Thank U, Next” singer (who won her first-ever Grammy last night for Sweetener) to tweet some angry tweets, then quickly delete them. Grande posted several tweets after Miller’s Grammy loss that said “trash, “f*ck,” and “literal bullsh*t,” but she quickly deleted them, according to E! News. She also replied to (and then deleted) a fan’s tweet that said, “THEY INVITED HIS PARENTS OUT. NO.” She quickly apologized for the anger-filled tweets, making it clear they weren’t about Cardi B.
“Nothing to do w her. good for her. i promise,” Grande tweeted. This tweet has also since been deleted. Cardi B had a moving reaction to it all, though. And it appears that she understands where Grande is coming from and didn’t take her tweets personally.
After her big win, Cardi posted a video to her Instagram celebrating.
She thanked a bunch of people in the video, and then near the end, she gave a shout out to Mac Miller and his family.
“I read an article that Mac Miller’s family said that if he don’t win, they want me to win,” she said, “so I’m sharing this Grammy with you, motherf*cker! Rest in peace!”