Cardi B’s Grammy performance for ‘Money’ serves us plenty of noir glam

Cardi B performs at the 61st Grammy Awards on Sunday.
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Cardi B shed her clam-and-pearl ensemble from the red carpet Sunday night when she stepped onto the Grammy Awards stage to perform “Money” from her Grammy-nominated album, “Invasion of Privacy.”

It was the Bronx-bred rapper’s second Grammy performance but her first solo gig. (Last year she was featured in Bruno Mars’ “Finesse.”)

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Flanked by a gaggle of female dancers inspired by “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” the brazen rapper cheekily reminded viewers of her background as an exotic dancer with moves fit for a Pilates studio and gyrations that would make your grandmother clutch her pearls. Rhinestones, black feathers and leopard print appeared to be a requirement, not a suggestion.(The music video, which contains nudity, dropped in December.)

Speaking of pearls, Cardi turned heads on the red carpet in a blooming Thierry Mugler couture gown accompanied by husband Offset of Migos, with whom she recently reconciled.

The “Love & Hip Hop: New York” alum arrived at the Grammys on Sunday with five nominations, including record and album of the year.

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