Starting from humble origins, Cardi B has skyrocketed to superstardom through her appearances on the popular reality TV show ‘Love Hip Hop.’ To get a full picture of her success story, we present a comprehensive timeline of her rise to fame.
Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, was born in The Bronx in 1992 to parents of Dominican and Trinidadian descent. She initially went by the name Bacardi, which is a nod to the popular rum brand, before settling on her current moniker. Interestingly, her younger sister Hennessy Carolina also chose an alcohol-related nickname. In 2011, Cardi B gained widespread attention and became viral.
At the age of 19, Cardi B turned to stripping as a means of income after losing her job at an Amish supermarket. Despite keeping her dancing career hidden from her family, Cardi’s online rants on Vine and Instagram made her an instant internet sensation. In an interview with Cosmopolitan in 2018, Cardi revealed that her mother was not pleased when she found out about her daughter’s job. However, the rapper does not shy away from her past, stating that people should respect strippers and that it does not define their intelligence. Cardi later starred on the reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: New York from 2015-2017.
In 2015, Cardi B became a popular personality on the show Love Hip Hop: New York, where she referred to herself as the “regular, degular, schmegular girl from the Bronx”. Despite facing criticism from other cast members about her music talent, Cardi remained confident in her abilities and eventually became a fan favorite. Her iconic lines like “If a b—- beef with me, we ‘gon beef…foreva” and throwing a shoe at a rival made her a legend of the Love Hip Hop franchise. Recently in 2017, there were rumors that Cardi was dating Offset.
In 2017, reports started circulating that Cardi B was romantically involved with Offset from the Migos group when they were seen hanging out together at a Met Gala after-party. However, their first date actually happened three months before that at the Super Bowl. Offset revealed during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2021 that he wanted to do something different and memorable for their first date, which is why he took her to the Super Bowl. Shortly after their date, Cardi B released her debut single “Bodak Yellow” under a major record label in June of 2017.
Back in June 2017, when Cardi B first released “Bodak Yellow”, no one could have predicted the magnitude of its success. However, the song became an instant sensation and became the anthem of the summer. Come July, it hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Cardi the first female rapper in history to achieve this since Lauryn Hill did with her 1998 hit “Doo-Wop (That Thing)”. The track went on to earn Cardi two Grammy nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. On August 28, 2017, Cardi performed “Bodak Yellow” at the pre-show for MTV Video Music Awards.
At the MTV VMAs pre-show, Cardi B wowed the audience with her performance of “Bodak Yellow” and gave a memorable interview that earned her the title of meme queen. She later appeared as a presenter during the awards show. On September 14, 2017, the rapper attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball.
Cardi B looked absolutely gorgeous in her Christian Siriano off-the-shoulder ball gown at the Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna. The fact that she was even invited to this exclusive event is a testament to how much RiRi approves of Cardi and her stunning robin’s egg blue dress. Fast forward a few weeks later to October 27, 2017 and Offset proposed to Cardi B in the middle of their concert in Philadelphia – what a romantic moment!
During the Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia on October 27, Offset proposed to Cardi B on stage, and she said yes. However, it was later revealed by TMZ that at the time of the proposal, the couple was already married. They had a private ceremony in Atlanta on September 20, 2017, with only Cardi’s cousin as a witness. On January 4, 2018, Cardi B collaborated with Bruno Mars on the remix of his 2016 single “Finesse.”
Cardi B and Bruno Mars made waves in 2018 with their hit collaboration “Finesse (Remix)”, which they performed live at the Grammys on January 28th of that year. However, on March 11th, Cardi B’s fashion choices sparked rumors that she might be pregnant.
Cardi B’s attire at the iHeart Radio Music Awards sparked rumors of her pregnancy among fans due to her fashion choices. The singer was seen accepting the award for best new artist in a tulle skirt that caught everyone’s attention. On April 6, 2018, she released her first studio album.
Back in April of 2018, Cardi B dropped her debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, which managed to snag the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. It was a big moment for the rising star, who had been facing speculation from fans and critics alike that she might only be a one-hit wonder.
But that wasn’t the only major announcement Cardi made that month. During a performance on Saturday Night Live, she revealed that she was pregnant, sending shockwaves through the entertainment world. It was just another sign that Cardi was on her way to becoming one of the biggest names in music.
After the release of her album, Invasion of Privacy, Cardi made an appearance on Saturday Night Live where she surprised everyone by announcing that she and Offset were going to have their first child together. During her performance of “Be Careful”, Cardi flaunted her baby bump while wearing a tight sheer white dress. She expressed her happiness in a video posted on social media, stating that she finally feels free after concealing her pregnancy in style for several months while rumors ran rampant. On April 13, 2018, Cardi also performed at Coachella.
Cardi B’s pregnancy didn’t stop her from giving an energetic and exciting performance at Coachella in April 2018. She danced and sang alongside special guests G-Eazy, Chance The Rapper, 21 Savage, and Kehlani. Later that month, Cardi B was recognized as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
Cardi B proved her critics wrong with the huge success of her album Invasion of Privacy, which broke multiple records. She became the first woman to have three No. 1 singles on the Billboard chart, and the album became Apple’s fifth most-streamed album of all time, with 100 million streams on Apple Music in its first week. In addition, TIME named Cardi one of their 100 Most Influential People in 2018, with a touching essay written by actress Taraji P. Henson. Henson praised Cardi’s talent and authenticity, saying she is “here to stay” in the music industry. Cardi also made a statement at the Met Gala on May 7th, 2018.
Attending the Met Gala is a sign of success, and Cardi B got the chance to be there in 2018. She arrived with her partner, Offset, looking fabulous in attire that matched the theme, Heavenly Bodies. In July 2018, the couple welcomed their daughter, Kulture.
On July 10th, Cardi B and Offset happily welcomed their adorable baby girl, Kulture Kiari Cephus. The rapper shared the exciting news on Instagram with a stunning maternity photo. In May of 2018, she hinted that she was expecting a little girl, referring to her unborn child as “she” during an interview with The New York Times. Fast forward to August 20th, Cardi B performed at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
In 2018, Cardi B kicked off the MTV Video Music Awards with a playful fake-out of a baby reveal, adding excitement to her 12 nominations and three wins for best new artist, best collaboration, and song of summer for her hit “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny. However, things took a turn on September 7th when Cardi B and Nicki Minaj got into an altercation.
In a recent incident, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj reportedly had an altercation at the Harper’s Bazaar September party. Cardi accused Minaj of spreading false information about her, which led to the argument. During the heated moment, Cardi was elbowed in the head by a security guard and allegedly threw a shoe at Minaj before being escorted out. However, the rapper seems to be moving on from the drama as she is set to appear in a Super Bowl commercial on February 3, 2019.
Cardi achieved the ultimate achievement in the world of pop music by appearing in a Pepsi commercial that was broadcast during the Super Bowl. The advertisement featured Cardi sharing the screen with Steve Carell and Lil Jon. In another accomplishment, on February 10, 2019, Cardi received her first-ever Grammy Award.
Cardi B made history by receiving a total of five nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards. She made an impressive win by taking home the award for best rap album, marking the first time a female solo artist won in this category. During the ceremony, she wowed the audience with her performance of the hit song “Money” after accepting her trophy. Prior to the show, Cardi B arrived on the red carpet with Offset, where they displayed some public displays of affection. The rapper also broke attendance records at Houston’s rodeo on March 1, 2019.
Cardi B has made another record-breaking achievement by setting an all-time attendance record of 75,580 concert-goers at the Houston rodeo, surpassing Garth Brooks. The rapper also paid homage to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez by wearing a costume inspired by the late singer during her performance. In an Instagram video, Cardi expressed her nervousness about performing in front of such a large crowd but found comfort in Selena’s outfit which became the inspiration for Cardi’s hit song “Please Me.” Additionally, Cardi B has been nominated for 21 Billboard Music Awards as of May 1, 2019.
In August 2019, Cardi B added another trophy to her collection by winning a MTV Video Music Award. She had already received a whopping 21 nominations for the Billboard Music Awards, ultimately taking home six awards that night, including top artist.
Cardi B won an MTV Video Music Award for best hip hop video with her popular song “Money” after being nominated for four awards. In other news, her film “Hustlers” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019.
Cardi B tapped into her background as a dancer and made her acting debut in the 2019 hit movie Hustlers, starring alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Despite her excitement about the opportunity, she was surprised by the long hours and waiting that comes with acting. As an artist, she’s used to being on the move and constantly doing something. However, she must have enjoyed the experience since she announced that she has another film in the works during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Recently, Cardi was a speaker at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference in October 2019.
Cardi B’s daring fashion choices have earned her a spot as a speaker at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference. The rapper made waves with her fashion statements during Paris Fashion Week. At the event, she spoke about the challenges of breaking into the fashion industry, despite her musical success and accolades. Cardi emphasized that having a strong sense of style is crucial for gaining industry recognition, and it took her years to prove herself. In other news, Cardi and Offset recently enjoyed a family vacation together.
While Cardi B was on tour, she also made sure to spend quality time with her beloved family. A heartwarming photo shows her with Offset and Kulture during a family vacation. Later in the year, Cardi took on a new role as a mentor on Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow.”
Cardi B, the famous rapper and artist, played a vital role in Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow as a mentor, where her responsibilities included guiding and coaching aspiring rappers alongside T.I. and Chance The Rapper. In recent news, August 7, 2020, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released a risqué and alluring music video for their song “WAP.”
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion joined forces for their explicit track and music video, “WAP”. The steamy video included appearances from a number of popular figures, such as Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, Rosalía, and Latto. “WAP” made history as the first female rap collaboration to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Following this success, the two artists partnered with Cash App to give away a total of $1 million on Twitter, encouraging their fans to nominate women who could use some financial support. However, on September 15th, 2020, Cardi B filed for divorce from her husband, Offset.
Cardi B and Offset’s marriage came to an end after three years due to reports of infidelity on Offset’s part. However, the couple reconciled and decided not to proceed with the divorce. Cardi was also recognized as Woman of the Year at Billboard’s Women in Music event in November.