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Cardi B accepts the award for Best Rap Album with "Invasion Of Privacy" onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cardi B becomes the first solo female artist to win best rap album at the Grammys

By WITW Staff on February 11, 2019

Cardi B made history on Sunday night when she won a Grammy for best album, making her the first female solo artist to ever take home the award.

According to Time, Best Rap Album only became an official Grammy category in 1996, and has typically been won by male artists, with the exception of Lauryn Hill, who took home the award in 2007 as part of the hip-hop group Fugees. Jezebel reports that only four other solo female artists have ever been nominated: Eve, Missy Elliott, Nicky Minaj and Iggy Azalea.

Scooping up the award for her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, Cardi triumphed in what Billboard calls a “stacked category”; the other nominated albums were Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap, Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Pusha T’s Daytona and Mac Miller’s Swimming. This marks Cardi’s first Grammy win, and she spoke about the challenges of creating the album while pregnant during an emotional acceptance speech.

“I want to thank my daughter,” she said, referring to her baby, Kulture, who was born in July. “I’m not just saying that because she’s my daughter. “When I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete … We had to have this album done so I could shoot these videos [while] I’m still not showing. It was very long nights.”

Read more at Time.

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