Cardi B may not dance now, but she certainly made major moves in her performance at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. The rapper took the stage to open Sunday evening’s festivities with an electrifying medley of songs, and even though the awards show promised performances to come from stars including Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Maroon 5, Bon Jovi, Eminem, and Ed Sheeran, Cardi managed to shut it down from the very start.
Flanked by a crew of pleather-wearing backup dancers, Cardi—looking the part of high-fashion biker chick in an all-black ensemble featuring a studded leather jacket, tulle tutu, and a hat covering her sleek black bob—kicked things off with her latest single “Bartier Cardi” followed by her verse from “Motorsport,” a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Migos. G-Easy then joined the rapper onstage for “No Limit,” before she transitioned to her record-breaking hit “Bodak Yellow” and her part from “Finesse,” a track by Bruno Mars on which she’s featured.
The performance is truly the cherry on top of a banner awards season for Cardi B. Not only did she stun on the Grammys red carpet back in January, but she also became the first solo woman rapper to be nominated for Best Rap Performance in addition to nabbing a nom for Best Rap Song, with “Bodak Yellow.” And of course, this awards show greatness was foreshadowed by a performance of the track at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, where Cardi literally shined brightest at the star-studded event. Not to mention, she stole the hearts of many a celebrity and all of Instagram while she was at it.
For a taste of Cardi B’s latest (and perhaps greatest) performance yet, check out the GIFs below: