At the iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018, it was clearly Cardi B’s night (even Justine Skye said so): She kicked off the night with a montage performance of her greatest hits (a first for a new artist?), sat in the audience looking like a princess ballerina, and took home the award for Best New Artist. But perhaps the moment her star shone brightest was when she took the stage to accept her award and delivered a memorable acceptance speech that only Cardi could.
Cardi kicked things off in typical acceptance speech fashion—by thanking those closest to her—but did so with her own Cardi flair. “I want to thank a lot of people because a lot of people helped me with my success, so here it goes okurrr,” she started. The laundry list of people included her publicist, her team, her label, her family, her fiancé, and her fans (all the standards)—but true to Cardi B style, she didn’t stop there. The best—and most GIF-worthy moment—came when Cardi B addressed her “haters.”
“I want to thank my haters,” she said to the crowd, before breaking out in a cackling laughter like the Wicked Witch of the West. “They be downloading my stuff so they can hear and talk crap about it—but it benefits me. Hahaha!”
And all of Cardi B’s “haters” are most likely eating their words currently, as her Best New Artist win capped off an awards season where Cardi consistently stole the show, whether she was performing or not. From her showstopping performance of “Bodak Yellow” at the MTV VMAs back in August to becoming the first solo woman rapper to earn a Grammy nod for Best Rap performance to slaying on every red carpet, Cardi looks to be winning over the masses fast and furious—and might not have any haters left after tonight.
Cardi B Is Everyone’s Favorite New York Fashion Week Front Row Seatmate
Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan, Molly Shannon and Cardi B sat next to each other in the front row at Christian Siriano’s Fall 2018 show.
Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Zayn were seated next to each other at Tom Ford’s Fall 2018 NYFW show.
Halsey and Sebastian Stan at Tom Ford.
Dev Hynes performed during Telfar’s musical Fall 2018 show, along with Ian Isiah, Kelela, Oyinda, 070 Shake and Kelsey Lu.
Diddy’s sons Justin Combs and Christian Combs shared a slice of pizza in the front row at NYFW.
Brandon Thomas Lee and Myles O’Neal buddied up in the front row at NYFW.
Maya Jama and Victoria Justice were seated together in the front row at Philipp Plein.
A$AP Rocky and Liya Kebede posed together backstage at Raf Simons.
Gigi Hadid went full Fifth Element in this neon pink wig at the Jeremy Scott Fall 2018 NYFW show.
Kimberly Drew wore PH5 in this NYFW elevator moment.
Sebastian Stan at Hugo Boss
Queen Latifah snapped a selfie with director Lee Daniels at the annual amFAR gala to kick off New York Fashion Week.
Timothée Chalamet crashed a L’Officiel dinner date between Armie Hammer and his wife Elizabeth Chambers.
Cardi B stole the show at Jeremy Scott’s Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week.
Alexa Chung skipped through the cold city streets in between NYFW shows.
Justin Theroux and Petra Collins sported Adam Selman tees together during NYFW.
Kate Upton, Jourdan Dunn, Maya Jama and Victoria Justice in the front row at Jonathan Simkhai’s Fall 2018 NYFW Show.
Diddy’s son Christian Combs posed outside of Tom Ford’s Fall 2018 show during New York Fashion Week.
Anwar Hadid cheesed for the camera with Nicola Peltz outside of Tom Ford’s Fall 2018 show.
Lala strutted down her hotel hallway, looking like a smooth criminal before the Tom Ford show.
Kelela struck a pose at Adam Selman’s NYFW show.
Kate Upton touched down in front of Philipp Plein’s spaceship during NYFW.
Keke Palmer at Hellesy’s Fall 2018 New York Fashion Week show.
Zoey Deutch sat next to Tory Burch at the Tory Burch Fall 2018 NYFW Show, and loved “getting to pick her brilliant and artistic brain.”