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At Monday night’s MTV VMAs, Cardi B made her first public appearance after giving birth to her daughter Kulture. Opening the awards ceremony by pretending to breastfeed (she was really just holding a Moonman statue), she referred to herself as “The Empress,” and many people are convinced this was a deliberate jab at Nicki Minaj, who released her Queen album last week. Check out the clip below.

Later on, Cardi picked up the award for Best New Artist, and many fans picked up on comments in her acceptance speech that appeared to be aimed at Nicki.

“I am so happy to receive this award,” she began. “A couple of months ago a lot of people were saying ‘you’re gambling your career, you’re about to have a baby what are you doing?’ I had a baby, I carried the baby and now am still winning awards.”

She continued, “All of the love that fans, my friends, everybody shows me is genuine and beautiful and that’s something that God gave me that you can’t buy, ” she stated, before adding, “b***h.”

Her comments were likely in reference to Nicki Minaj’s recent Queen Radio episode where she was interviewed by Ebro of Hot97. During the conversation, Nicki suggested that Cardi B’s number 1 song “Bodak Yellow” was “bought” by Atlantic Records, although she didn’t name names. She also recently blamed everyone from Kylie Jenner to Spotify for the fact that Queen debuted at the number 2 spot on the Billboard 200 after Travis Scott’s Astroworld.

In addition to the award for Best New Artist, Cardi B won Song of the Summer for “I Like It” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, and Best Collaboration for “Dinero” with Jennifer Lopez. Nicki Minaj went home with the award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Chun-Li.” Check out the reactions to Cardi B’s speeches below.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

For more VMA goodness, check out Post Malone’s performance with Aerosmith right here.

Words by Bianca Giulione
Associate Music Editor

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