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Does Cardi B's Pre-Grammys Look Mean She Just Joined Time's Up?

As always, Cardi B does it for the culture.

by Gabriella Karefa-Johnson
Jan 26 2018, 6:21pm

Photo: Brian Ach / Stringer for Getty Images.

At the Warner Music Group’s Pre-Grammy Party last night, our Lord and Savior Cardi B quite literally shut the game down. The 25-year old chart-topper arrived in a figure-hugging black dress that recalled the recent protest at the Golden Globes in which women in Hollywood wore black to show their support for the Time’s Up movement. But was it intentional?

A monochromatic red carpet moment can be free of agenda, but when Cardi emerged for her performance in a floor-grazing black robe, matching bustier and bloomers, black fur trimmed stiletto boots—that a faithful styling team member climbed on stage to adjust mid-set—AND an army of black-clad back up artists, the argument for a subtle social justice message gained steam.

In addition to her sartorial choices, Cardi also touched on pay parity as she addressed the audience and thanked her label Atlantic Records for believing in her as an artist. “Everybody looks rich so I’m gonna watch what I say,” she joked before going on to call out those who undervalued her work in a male-dominated industry. “A lot of these labels were trying to play me...they were trying to sign me for $50,000…$100,000,” she announced before concluding, “They fucked up.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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