cardi-b-pre-grammy-concert
Getty

Cardi B Dazzles At Warner Music Group's Star-Studded Pre-Grammy Party

The Bronx star is getting ready to rip the Grammy stage to shreds. 

Despite the frigid temperatures that punished partygoers late Thursday night (Jan. 25) in New York City, the warm and vibrant atmosphere of the Warner Music Group’s Pre-Grammy Party blanketed those in attendance with enough heat to stave off the chill. After a strong 2017 that produced Grammy nominations from Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lil Uzi Vert and Cardi B, WMG gleefully celebrated their winning streak by throwing a festive soirée for their staunch supporters and acclaimed artists.

The Grill proved to be a voluminous location as close to 650 people swarmed the three floor venue like fire ants in hopes of catching the night’s most anticipated performer, breakout rapper Cardi B. Before the Bronx firecracker lit the stage with her titillating performance, partygoers were treated with a bevy of finger snacks including meaty sliders, mozzarella sticks, mini crab cakes and more.

To quench their thirst, the Warner crew also offered up some alcoholic beverages named after their thriving artists, including the Lil Juicy Vert (raspberry, Blanco tequila, grapefruit, and lime), Bodak Bubbles, (champagne, sautérnes, elderflower, and grapefruit) and the Warner 75 (Hennessy vsop privilege, lemon, champagne and twist.

With drinks flowing and music blaring through the speakers for dance-happy executives, the cavernous venue reached capacity in less than two hours. Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, Gucci Mane, Janelle Monae, Lil Pump, Bebe Rexha arrived at the party in their finest party attire, jovial and ready to have fun with their contemporaries. While Clarkson and Ciara posed cheerfully for pictures, other stars like Rexha feverishly danced to the sounds of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen."

By 10:45, Atlantic Records’ chairman/COO, Julie Greenwood, graced the stage to introduce the “baddest woman in the game right now.” “She’s making history, she’s impacting the culture, she did it with her smash “Bodak Yellow,” without further adieu, Cardi B.”

Within seconds, the budding star leaped on stage and jumped into her sizzling verse from Mars’ “Finesse (Remix).” With two bodacious dancers in tow, Cardi’s magnetic appeal instantly had the crowd hooked. Clad in all-black, her infectious energy caught the eyes of everyone in the room, who joyously gazed at her.

After concluding her verse, Cardi paused, examined the crowd and said: “Everybody looks rich. So I’m gonna watch what I say,” drawing laughs. Following her brief commentary, Cardi jumped into her 2017 banger “Lick” sans Offset. Using the crowds’ energy as her fuel, Cardi zipped through her swaggering record with ease.

“It’s a long a week, man. It’s the Grammys. I hope a bitch takes one,” she quipped. “Let me take it to The Bronx,” she sang off key. Cardi’s funniest joke rang the loudest as she continued to entertain the crowd with her witty banter. “If I fuck up tomorrow, I can still go to the strip club” she declared.

With seamless precision, Cardi refocused and ran through her Billboard Hot 100 hits including her verses on G-Eazy’s “No Limit” and Migos’ “Motorsport.” Then, she returned back to her personal catalog and delivered a rousing performance of her newest single “Bartier Cardi,” which debuted at No. 14 earlier this month on the Hot 100.

Later, Cardi taunted labels who previously offered her a meager “$50,000 to $100,000,” saying that “they fucked up.” To punctuate her set, she dived into her magnum opus “Bodak Yellow," leaving attendees hopeful about her performance and Grammy chances this upcoming Sunday (Jan. 28).

This story was first posted to Billboard.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Salaam Remi Selects Winner Of #IsItCusImBlack Sangin' Contest + Drops New "Black Love" Video w/Teedra Moses & DJ D-Nice

We've all seen how married rappers Papoose and Remy have championed the feeling, but now we have the theme song for the movement of "Black Love." Producer to the stars, Salaam Remi has enlisted the talents of the golden voiced siren, Teedra Moses and the world's favorite DJ, D-Nice for this feel good roller-skating jam.

The video, directed by Remi and @itsjustati⁣, takes place on "Black Love Beach" and has Moses dancing freely through the sands and spotlights other couples hugged up and smiling throughout the clip. The rolling bassline and the way the drums hit compliment Moses' high flying vocals of just wanting to love her significant other. Give a big shout out to the wonderful video edits, by Tatiana Crooks, of a quarantining D-Nice interspersed.

You'll be able to find the song on the upcoming full length album by Remi titled Black On Purpose.  What you'll also find on that album is the winner of the #VIBEIsItBecauseImBlackContest

Remi chose the winner, @B_Trenton (Congrats!) and he will be featured on the remixed version of the song, "Is It Cus I'm Black," previously released a few weeks ago. Partnering with VIBE for the search, Remi cycled through the contestants and picked the winner on the connection he felt to his vocals. The prize was being featured on the track along side of Anthony Hamilton, Black Thought, Cee-Lo Green, Syleena Johnson, & Stephen Marley. Check out the IG Live he conducted with B Trenton below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by SaLaAMReMi (@salaamremi) on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:59pm PDT

Continue Reading

Video Premiere: Kay Anthony Links With Dot Demo On New Single "Bless Me"

It's a meeting of the dope guys. I say that with all realness as I've been a witness of seeing these two incredible MCs come up and claim their spots these last few years. They have done the solo push through the murky waters of being independent artists, learning the ups and downs of the music industry. After collecting their bumps and bruises, Kay Anthony of Brooklyn and Dot Demo of the Bronx are finally in their full swing of producing songs that showcase their matured sounds and amazing visuals.

Linking on Anthony's newest single, "Bless Me," the fellas flow and find pockets of greatness that will surely be a marker of times to come. The music has a deep pulse feel and is a smoker's delight, with it's wavy bassline and cool out hook: "Asking for the universe to bless..." The visuals, shot by Chapter.02, are smooth and "we outside-ish."

Dot Demo and Kay Anthony are the unexpected duo that you didn't know you needed. Check their latest full projects of music below.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Cardi B Returns With “WAP” Video Feat. Megan Thee Stallion

After a nine-month music hiatus, Cardi B delivered a new single. The Bronx rapper unveiled the music video for, “WAP,” featuring Meghan Thee Stallion on Friday (Aug. 7).

Ahead of the single's release, Cardi and Meg hopped on YouTube for a live stream session with fans. The colorful music video features guest appearances from Normani, Rosalia and more.

On Tuesday (Aug. 4), Cardi posted an emotional video on Instagram thanking everyone for the positive feedback on the “WAP” announcement and album artwork. The single is also being sold on vinyl and cassette tape.

“Thank ya’ll so much for all the love I received,” Cardi said. “Ya’ll don’t even know how ya’ll had me feeling. I haven’t dropped a song in nine months so I feel like I’m staring all over again. The feeling that I had yesterday, ya’ll really had me tears. From my fans to people that [are] probably not really my fans, they were showing so much love and support for this new song.

“I just wanna say thank ya’ll so much. Ya’ll don’t even know how ya’ll had me feeling,” she continued. “Ya’ll had me f*cking crying.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Single droppin this Friday! WAP feat. @theestallion #Wap

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Aug 3, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT

 

View this post on Instagram

 

New VINYL OUT NOW ON MY WEBSITE !!! Go Go now ! Link in bio

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib) on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:07am PDT

The track marks Megan's latest major collaboration after Beyonce joined her on “Savage” remix, which landed the Houston rapper her first No. 1 single. “Wap” could end up being the second chart-topper for both Cardi and Meg.

Watch the music video below.

Continue Reading

Top Stories