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‘Bardi with the baby bump’: Cardi B announces pregnancy during BET Awards performance

Cardi B poses coyly with her hands under her chin
Cardi B, pictured in 2019, revealed during Sunday’s BET Awards that she’s pregnant.
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In a move that echoed Beyoncé's 2011 MTV Video Music Awards pregnancy announcement, rapper Cardi B revealed during Sunday’s 2021 BET Awards that she’s pregnant.

While performing “Type S—" from Migos’ latest album — and just months after she and Migos’ Offset called off their divorce in November — Cardi B entered the stage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, clad in a bedazzled sheer bodysuit and donning an ever-so subtle baby bump, and revealed that the couple’s second baby is on the way. The rapper-actress later confirmed the news on Instagram.

In the words of host Taraji P. Henson, the couple is “giving us life.” Fans and peers responded immediately:

This isn’t Cardi’s first televised baby reveal. She shared that she and Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, were expecting their firstborn, now 3-year-old Kulture, on “Saturday Night Live” in 2018.

Cardi B is dominating nominations at BET’s annual awards show with five, and Migos was nominated for best group. While fans and public figures alike are still processing the news, actress Marsai Martin embodied the mood of the moment when she said, “Come on, Bardi with the baby bump!”

On Twitter, she shared images Monday from her pregnancy shoot, photographed by AB+DM. Founded in 2018, the Atlanta-based duo, named for Ahmad Barber and Donté Maurice, has worked with Zendaya, Kerry Washington and others.

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Host Taraji P. Henson celebrated Black female icons at Sunday’s 2021 BET Awards, while Lil Nas X, Zendaya and others wowed fans on the red carpet.

Accompanying an image of Offset cradling the rapper and her baby bump, Cardi B wrote, “We listened to each other, communicated, prayed and then God blessed us and our family with another little blessing. Our home feels so blissful and very busy but we are ready and so happy!! Thank you soo much everyone for the congrats and well wishes.”

Adorned in white cloth, gold jewelry, and a matching towering head wrap, Cardi is seen lying on red velvet as Kulture places her hand on her mother’s stomach. Clapping back at haters, the rapper tweeted “DONT BE A UNCULTURED SWINE,” along with screenshots of Afro-Caribbean-inspired looks that she has emulated before.

Not only will Kulture and her unborn sibling be three years apart like Cardi and her sister, Hennessy Carolina, but in her mother’s words, “one thing for sure is they’ll have each other’s back like no one else ever will.”


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