This year’s iteration the iHeartRadio Music Awards got f to an explosive start as Cardi B opened up the annual ceremony with a set that included performances her “Bartier Cardi” single, her verses on “MotorSport,” “No Limit” with an appearance from G-Eazy, “Finesse,” sans Bruno Mars, and closing things out with her “Bodak Yellow” breakout.
Outfitted with full-on pyrotechnics and plenty backup dancers, the performance was an exciting and full-circle moment for Cardi and fans watching at home—a feeling that took a life its own when the crowd proved that they could perform “Bodak Yellow” without any assistance, rapping along in a massive way with the Bronx native.
It’s safe to say that Cardi B set the bar high as far as energy goes with her debut and it’s an energy that will likely find a formidable match in host DJ Khaled. Other performances will arrive from the likes Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 in between the awarding trophies.
Tonight, Cardi B also finds herself on the list nominees in categories like Best New Hip-Hop Artist and Hip-Hop Song The Year for “Bodak Yellow,” alongside Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.,” Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” and DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller’s “Wild Thoughts.”
Keep up with the full list nominations and wins here.