Cardi B Makes History With ‘Up’ Going No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

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Cardi B has just broken a new record with her latest single “Up.” Following last week’s much talked about Grammy performance, the song rises to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

During the Grammy Awards, Cardi B gave two back-to-back live debuts of her hits “Up” and “WAP.” For the latter, she was joined by Megan Thee Stallion, who won three Grammy Awards that night. Bardi previously won a Grammy Award in 2019 for Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy. According to NME, the performance drew dozens of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The Grammys performance was enough to move “Up” to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart this week. This is Cardi B’s fifth chart-topper, which puts her in a tie with Drake and Ariana Grande in terms of No. 1 hits on chart. With “Up,” Cardi B also became the first woman in rap history to score two chart-toppers without a featured artist. Her 2017 No. 1 “Bodak Yellow” was Cardi’s first to top the Hot 100 without a featured artist.

Both “WAP” and “UP” preview Cardi B’s highly-anticipated next album. She reportedly did not submit “WAP” for consideration at the 2020 Grammy Awards because she wanted to mount a strong campaign for her album at next year’s ceremony.

Accordingly, she was not nominated this year, but Cardi B still managed to make a splash with her performance. Now Cardi B has five No. 1 hits to her name in a span of less than four years.