When Cardi B became the first female solo artiste to win the Best Rap Album Grammy, she may have felt on top of the world. However, after she had made her acceptance speech and left the stage, an unanticipated incident occurred at the ceremony. And the unnerving event could very well have brought the hip-hop star right back down to Earth.
Following her historic win at the 2019 Grammys, Cardi has cemented her status as one of the biggest rappers around. However, the star comes from humble beginnings. Born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar to parents of Dominican and Afro-Trinidadian heritage, she grew up in the Highbridge neighborhood of the South Bronx in New York City.
And Almánzar earned the moniker she now raps under while she was still at high school. Her sister, you see, is called Hennessy – the name of a famous brand of cognac – which led the siblings’ peers to refer to Almánzar as “Bacardi” in reference to the rum company. Over time, then, that name metamorphosed into “Cardi B.”