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Cardi B Lit Up the BET Hip-Hop Awards Stage with "Bodak Yellow"

She won the night's Hustler of the Year award, for good reason.

Lauren O'Neill

There was only one real candidate for the BET Hip-Hop Award for Hustler of the Year, and that person was Ms Cardi B. 2017 has seen her rise phenomenally to the top of the charts through sheer grit, determination, charm, and talent, and it's only right that she was appropriately honoured at last night's awards.

As well as winning the award—and thanking her mum, Jesus, and her boyfriend, Offset of Migos—Cardi performed her single "Bodak Yellow," and it felt like a crowning moment. Preceded by a short montage of her viral videos and, later, music videos (kind of like a quick chronological reminder of her come-up), she stormed out onstage in sunglasses and a multi-colored fur so huge she practically had to peer over the collar to see beyond it.

Obviously, it was one of the night's standout moments. And it was especially cool to see a woman giving the ceremony's must-see performance, in a field where women are often overshadowed or forced to prove their credentials even when they've got the talent to not have to answer to anyone. Give thanks for Cardi B, and see the performance above.

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