As exemplified time and time again over the past year and change, no Cardi B slander will be tolerated or, at least, will go by unnoticed.
As the Bronx-born rapper continues her ascent as a worldwide phenomenon, making history along the way, it is only fitting that her bucket list looks a lot different than what it looked like during her days on Love and Hip-Hop. In fact, it now could include checking off a legendary performance at none other than the Super Bowl.
Recently, it was announced that Maroon 5 has been selected to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2019, instantly sparking rumors that a surprise appearance from Cardi B is a safe bet to make.
However, according to a new report from TMZ, Cardi and her team are in talks to take it a step further and lock down not only a guest appearance (to predictably perform the collaborative track "Girls Like You,") but to also get some solo airtime during the annual affair.
Considering how the track helped Cardi B to make history, becoming the first female rapper to land three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, it's clear the audience is rooting in her favor.
The Super Bowl planning committee experienced a wave of backlash following the announcement Maroon 5 was slated to perform next year, with many feeling as though since Atlanta, a historic hotbed for taste-making rap music, is playing host—and considering hip-hop is the No.1 globally-consumed genre—a rap act would have been a more appropriate and welcoming choice for the league to make. Perhaps pressure to respond to said criticisms has the committee reevaluating and looking for a way to better appease fans of both hip-hop and football alike.
While there has yet to be a new statement issued from the NFL organizers, fans are certainly expressing their desire for Cardi B to dominate the highly televised stage next year, with rumors also circulating that Travis Scott has entered into similar talks. More on this story as it develops.
. @NFL you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta Next year.— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) February 5, 2018
Let’s make this @iamcardib super bowl halftime show happen— Disliking Penn St (@awileyx3) September 25, 2018
Lmaoooo people hatin that Cardi B is about to be performing at the SuperBowl. Like she just got her 3rd #1 song on Billboard, she broke records this year, and has the best female rap album this year...with that kind of success why not? Y’all just jealous ur fav ain’t doing it. 😂— Ruben (@1RubenBadillo) September 24, 2018
Nicki Minaj when she see that Cardi B and Travis Scott are gonna perform at the Super Bowl next year: pic.twitter.com/WAlAOnBV1Q— 🤴🏽🎯🅺🅴🆂🅷 (@Kesh_XII) September 22, 2018
List, in order of female rappers that have performed at the Super Bowl.— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) September 22, 2018
1. Queen Latifah (1998)
2. Fergie (2011)
3. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A (2012)
4. Missy Elliott (2015
5. Cardi B (Rumor) (2019)
So Cardi B is really STANDING RIGHT HERE bouta get her 3rd Number #1 with Girls like you & then her 4th with Taki taki💀😍 Bout to perform at Superbowl next yr too so who really won here? I Guess its clear. I dont even have to speak. pic.twitter.com/Xo3FHGYpky— Cardi||Gaga (@BardiGUpdates) September 20, 2018
Maroon 5 must have been booked to play the Super Bowl so they could smuggle Cardi B onto that stage and play "Girls Like You" 10 times because why else would you book Maroon 5 in 2018?— 6OWSETTE (@CineMasai_) September 19, 2018