Better Luck Next Time: Cardi B Loses Both Grammy Awards to Kendrick Lamar

Cardi B’s breakout year won’t come with any Grammys.

The 25-year-old lost both categories she was nominated in to Kendrick Lamar. “Humble” beat out “Bodak Yellow” for both Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

Best Rap Song:
“Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
“Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer,
songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)
“HUMBLE.” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) — WINNER
“Sassy” — Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
“The Story Of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Best Rap Performance:
“Bounce Back” — Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
“4:44” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar — WINNER
“Bad And Boujee” — Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Both categories were announced during the pre-show.

Had she won, Cardi would’ve been the first female rapper to win in either category. Missy Elliot won Best Female Rap Performance back in 2003 and 2004 — but that was when the categories were separated by gender. Missy also won Best Rap Solo Performance in 2020 back when they separated ‘solo’ and ‘group/duo’ performances.

Well — at least Cardi got nominated. We’re looking forward to her performance with Bruno Mars.

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