Lady Gaga defends Cardi B after backlash over Grammys win
Cardi B should have felt on top of the world this week, after making history at this year’s Grammys, becoming the first ever solo female artist to clinch the award for Best Rap Album. Instead, she was forced to defend herself after haters on the internet insisted she didn't deserve the award.
In an expletive-filled video rant, the livid 26-year-old - who later deleted her Instagram account - blasted her critics, telling them she had "worked her a** off" to make her record, Invasion of Privacy.
"I’m sick of this sh*t," she said. "I work hard for my motherf*cking album. I remember last year when everyone was saying Cardi got snubbed but now there’s a problem? My album went two-times platinum my n***** in every chart that there was, my album was always Top 10. Number 1 album as well. I worked my ass off, locked myself in the studio for three months then went to sleep in my bed for four days straight – pregnant."
But Cardi isn't alone in her sentiments. Now, Lady Gaga has jumped to her defence, saying the I Like It singer is completely deserving and we should be celebrating her, not pushing her down.
Taking to social media to put her two cents in, the Shallow star wrote: "It is so hard to be a woman in this industry. What it takes, how hard we work through the disrespectful challenges, just to make art. I love you Cardi. You deserve your awards. Let’s celebrate her fight. Lift her up & honor her. She is brave."
Gaga's message was heralded by fans online, who pegged the situation: "legends supporting legends".
"You are such a Queen, using your platform to lift up other. We don’t deserve you," wrote one person on Twitter. Another added: "I love this. Thank you for never being afraid to stand up for what’s right".
Cardi had initially been thrilled by her Grammys win and partied all night until 6am to celebrate. When she finally got home, she turned to social media to share a heartfelt message with her fans, stating: "I’m thankful for everyone who works with me, I’m thankful for all my friends that be texting me sometimes just for nothing, for my music team, for everybody, my family, I want to thank God. ‘Oh my god!"
However, soon enough she had been affected by negative comments from people who suggested she wasn't worthy of the honour, as well as others who insisted Mac Miller should have won Best Rap Album.
In addition, she was dragged into controversy with Nicki Minaj when BET tweeted about Cardi B's historic win, writing, "Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront."
As her enemy's fanbase rose up in fury at the diss, Cardi told people online to keep her out of it, stating: "It's not my style for people to put other people down to uplift somebody else. That's not my style and that's not what I'm with. I don't support that."
Let's hope that Cardi will feel better soon - who wouldn't with friends like Lady Gaga?