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Amid Grammy Drama, Cardi B Deletes Instagram Account
The star, known for her unfiltered Instagram videos, has parted ways with her famed account—for now.
Cardi B just made history with her Grammy win, but she’s letting go of another prized possession—her Instagram account.
The “Money” singer deleted her Instagram account shortly after posting a lengthy video on Monday defending her debut album,“Invasion of Privacy.” At the Grammys on Sunday night, the album was awarded best rap album, making her the first woman to claim the honor. In the now-deleted video, Cardi said “I’m seeing a lot of bulls—t today, and I saw a lot of s—t last night. And I’m sick of this s—t,” she said. “I worked hard for my motherf—g album.” She went on to list her album’s successes, going double platinum and consistently hitting the Top 10 across Billboard charts, including her debut atop the Billboard 200. Her latest single “Money,” which she performed on Sunday, is currently No. 16 on the charts.
“I locked myself in the studio for three months, my n—. Didn’t went to sleep in my own bed sometimes for four days straight—pregnant!” she said, noting some songs didn’t make it on the album because of pregnancy-induced nasal congestion.
Cardi also seemed to distance herself from the ongoing feud between the BET network and fellow rapper Nicki Minaj.
“It’s not my style for people to put other people down to uplift somebody else,” she said in the beginning of the video. Shortly after her win, BET tweeted “Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj is being dragged by her lacefront.”
Minaj quickly responded tweeting that she and labelmates at Young Money would not perform at the BET Experience and the network’s upcoming award show. BET has since issued an apology to Minaj, and the tweet has been deleted.
Though initially applauding each other for their career success, the two rappers are routinely pitted against each other and have had ongoing tension. Last year, the war of words culminated at Harper Bazaar’s Fashion Week event in which Cardi confronted Minaj about dissing her parenting abilities, throwing one of her red heels in Minaj’s direction. After the event, the two traded insults back and forth but eventually called a truce of sorts via social media.
A prolific Instagram user, Cardi routinely posts videos to communicate with fans and address critics. She first gained internet attention when several of her signature unfiltered, biting posts went viral on Vine and Instagram. Shortly after, she joined the cast of VH1 reality TV series Love & Hip Hop: New York from 2015 to 2017 while simultaneously releasing two mixtapes. Then in June 2017, her single “Bodak Yellow” dropped, launching her as a household name.
Cardi recently told Harper’s Bazaar that she was considering a social media break. “I’ve noticed that every time you respond, you just make things worse, so I’m over it. I’m just over it. I really don’t need it, and sometimes it just brings chaos to my brain,” she said. “I can stay off social media. I’ve been trying.” Though it’s unclear if and when she will return to Instagram, her Twitter account remains up and active.