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Here Are All Of Cardi B’s Billboard Awards Nominations And It’s A Long List Okurrr

Last year, Cardi B won Billboard Music’s “Top Female Rap Artist” Award and she’s back hoping to hold onto the title. Since then, she’s become a mother, collaborated on major hits, and her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” has won a Grammy.

This year, she’s leading the charge with 21 nominations, just one shy of beating a record. Hits “I Like It,” “Girls Like You” and “Taki Taki” have been nominated for several awards, some of which are competing against each other. We won’t know until May 1 just how big a sweep Cardi B will come home with. For now, check out these nominations:

Top Artist

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Last year, Ed Sheeran took this title home. This year, Cardi B is competing against Drake, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, and Travis Scott.

Top Female Artist

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Like last year, Cardi B will be competing again with Halsey, and Taylor Swift (who took home the award). Add Ella Mai and Ariana Grande to the mix and we have some contentions.

Top 100 Artist

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Last year, Ed Sheeran swept the Billboard’s show. This year, it’s Cardi B’s turn. She’s competing against Drake, Ariana Grande, Juice Wrld, and Post Malone.

Top Streaming Songs Artist

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Cardi competed in this category last year to lose to Kendrick Lamar. This year, she’s going up against Drake, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, and XXXTentacion.

Top Radio Songs Artist

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This will be Cardi’s first time competing in this category. She has the honor of the nomination alongside Drake, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and Post Malone.

Top Rap Artist

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Last year, not a single woman was in this category–making the Top Rap Male Artist category redundant. This year, she is nominated in both Top Rap and Top Rap Female Artist.

She’s going up against Drake, Juice Wrld, Post Malone, and Travis Scott.

Top Rap Female Artist

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This is a contentious category, y’all. Last year, Cardi B went up against Nicki and won. This year is a rematch, along with City Girls. It’s a nail biter.

Top Billboard 200 Album

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Here’s the competition:

  • Drake “Scorpion”
  • Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”
  • Travis Scott “Astroworld”
  • XXXTentacion “?”

Top Rap Album

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Last year, we were in our feelings with Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” This year, “Invasion of Privacy” is competing with:

  • Drake “Scorpion”
  • Post Malone “beerbongs & bentleys”
  • Travis Scott “Astroworld”
  • XXXTentacion “?”

Top Hot 100 Song | “I Like It”

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Last year, this award belonged to “Despacito,” baby. Cardi B has two songs taking up this category and double the chances of taking home an award.

Top Hot 100 Song | “Girls Like You”

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Other contenders for this category include Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams,” Post Malone’s “Better Now,” and Travis Scott “Sicko Mode.”

Top Streaming Song (Audio) | “I Like It”

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Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s collaboration puts “I Like It” all over the charts. This song will be competing with:

  • Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”
  • Travis Scott “Sicko Mode”
  • XXXTentacion “SAD!”

Top Streaming Song (Video) | “Girls Like You”

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Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B’s “Girls Like You” has almost as many nominations as “I Like It.” If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out for all the Camila Cabello, J.Lo, and even Ellen Degeneres goodness.

Top Selling Song

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Cardi B has two songs in this category with “I Like It” and “Girls Like You.” She’ll be competing with Drake’s “In My Feelings,” Halsey’s “Without Me,” and Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.”

Top Collaboration | Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”

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Last year, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Beiber won this award for “Despacito.” This year, Cardi B has two songs in the running.

Top Collaboration | Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It”

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Here’s the competition:

  • Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
  • Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
  • Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign “Psycho”

Top Rap Song | “I Like It”

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While “Bodak Yellow” was in the running last year, Post Malone’s “Rockstar” took home the trophy. This year, “I Like It” is competing with:

  • Drake “In My Feelings”
  • Juice Wrld “Lucid Dreams”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”
  • Travis Scott “Sicko Mode”

Top Radio Song | “Girls Like You”

CREDIT: Maroon 5 / YouTube

Last year, Ed Sheeran took home the gold for “Shape of You.” This year’s lineup is:

  • Khalid & Normani “Love Lies”
  • Post Malone “Better Now”
  • Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be”
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

Top Latin Song | “I Like It”

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Arguably the best category of them all, Cardi B will be competing against this crew (and herself):

  • Bad Bunny ft. Drake “Mia”
  • Daddy Yankee “Dura”
  • DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B “Taki Taki”
  • Nicky Jam & J Balvin “X”
  • Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny & Ozuna “Te Bote”

Dance/Electronic Song | “Taki Taki”

CREDIT: Cardi B / YouTube

Last year, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay took this award home for “Something Just Like This”. This year, our money is on “Taki Taki”. Here’s the competition

  • Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss”
  • Marshmello & Bastille “Happier”
  • Tiësto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone “Jackie Chan”
  • Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey “The Middle”

We’re rooting for you, Cardi!

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This Is The Trippiest Commercial I’ve Seen But Somehow Cardi B And Reebok Make It Work And I Can’t Stop Watching

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This Is The Trippiest Commercial I’ve Seen But Somehow Cardi B And Reebok Make It Work And I Can’t Stop Watching

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She has never shied away from getting the biggest, baddest, sharpest and most decorated nails around. But now Cardi B has been taken to the next level in the nail game with nails that come to life with just a thought and can act as new limbs.

In the latest campaign for her brand partnership with Reebok, released Tuesday, the rapper takes viewers to the beauty salon. 

Cardi B highlights her famous nails in latest ad with Reebok and it totally works.

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A sneaker deal is a rapper’s rite of passage. And Cardi B has famously partnered with Fashion Nova and Steve Madden in the past, but last November she announced she would partner with Reebok, the classic sneaker and athletic-clothing brand.

On Tuesday, the company released a new advertisement, and at its center is the “Press” rapper. It’s absurdist, attention-grabbing, and completely Cardi B.

The video is next level Cardi B realness.

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While chatting with a friend under hair dryers everyone in the shop is alerted to Cardi’s one untied sneaker. Without missing a beat, she wills her already long, pink, jewel encrusted nails to do the task for her.

The video sees her nails grow a few feet and work independently to tie up her shoe before retreating back to a more normal length. 

With a freshly tied pair of Reebok’s Classic Club C, she turns to a customer and simply says ‘nailed it.’ Living!

These are the hot tenís she’s rocking in her new commerical that she also played a part in designing.

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Reebok spoke on the collab with Cardi, and said, “The film is a salute to Cardi’s own life experience, which saw her challenge expectations to become a self-made maven and incorporates boundary-pushing nail art that has become an iconic feature of her style.”

As for the shoes, Reebok describes vintage Club C’s as , “Take it down to pure essence with clean lines and a classic lineage. A Union Jack symbol along the side profile calls up heritage style. No excess, no riffraff. Made for icons.

And the shoes are currently on sale for $75.

People are absolutely living for her ad with the sneaker brand.

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Even though it looks like, at least on Twitter, people didn’t even realize the rapper had a collab with Reebok.

But her ad seems to be working because people are already posting screenshots of them buying Cardi’s new shoes.

While some are calling the ad absurd and totally attention grabbing. But ain’t that straight up Cardi B?

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I wouldn’t want anything less from Cardi B.

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Hulu’s New ‘Into The Dark’ Anthology Installment ‘Culture Shock’ Deals With the Horrors of the Migrant Crisis at the Southern Border

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Hulu’s New ‘Into The Dark’ Anthology Installment ‘Culture Shock’ Deals With the Horrors of the Migrant Crisis at the Southern Border

In the most recent installment of Blumhouse’s “Into the Dark” Hulu TV movie anthology series, “Culture Shock”, a story about a Mexican woman who finds herself trapped in a warped American utopia after attempting to cross the border, Blumhouse explores the horrors of the migrant crisis, adding a dose of supernatural to the already chilling situation many migrants are face when striving for a better life. 

“Culture Shock” follows Marisol, played by Mexican actress Martha Higareda, a poor young pregnant woman living in Mexico who dreams of a better life for her and her unborn child.

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“Culture Shock” immediately establishes the harrowing conditions that many immigrants face in their home countries before deciding to emigrate. Indeed, one of “Culture Shock”‘s first scenes shows Marisol being raped by Oscar, a man we had previously been led to believe was her loving boyfriend. Shortly after, we also discover that Oscar stole money she had given him to secure her passage across the border to the U.S. This leaves Martha stranded and alone in her home country of Mexico, and also now carrying the child of the man who assaulted her, which adds even more urgency to her situation.

Marisol bravely decides to attempt the crossing one more time to secure a future for her and her baby, paying a “coyote” hundreds of dollars to help smuggle her into the U.S. The journey isn’t an easy one–at nearly every stop on the way to America, Marisol is strong-armed into giving every new handler additional money–money that she wasn’t told about before. If nothing, “Culture Shock” gives a realistic, if infuriating,  portrayal of all of the injustice desperate migrants are subjected to while trying to cross the border. And the danger is steeper than ever for Marisol, a single woman who is also pregnant. The threat of sexual violence on Marisol’s body is constant, and what’s more disturbing is how habituated to sexual and other forms of violence she seems to be. It’s just another subtle nod towards her complicated and traumatic history.

After being caught at the U.S. border, Marisol wakes up in a pastel-colored paradise that embodies the American dream in every aspect: the residents are beaming, the food is delicious and abundant, and the pervading sense of peace and harmony of the so-called town of “Cape Joy” easily lulls Marisol into an immediate sense of security. It’s here that the director, Latina auteur Gigi Saul Guerrero, begins to flex her artistic muscles. The cinematography is disorienting, with off-center and odd-angled close-ups, quick cutaways that mimic Marisol’s constant confusion, and a visual stark contrast between Marisol’s old, dreary life in Mexico and her new, vibrant life in Cape Joy, USA.  

But something isn’t right in Cape Joy.

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Not only does Marisol have no recent memories of what happened to her after being caught by US Border Patrol, but the fellow immigrants she crossed over with have no idea who she is. And while Marisol mysteriously gave birth to her baby while she was presumably unconscious, she’s never allowed to hold her. When Marisol expresses concern to her host mother, Betty (Barbara Crampton) about her missing old belongings, Betty tells her: “Don’t worry about what you’ve lost. Think instead of all that you’ve gained.” It’s lines like this, which are obviously meant to convey more than just the literal meaning of the words, that the movie leans hard into.

Throughout “Into the Dark”, there is an underlying current of not-so-subtle political messaging that makes it obvious that this movie isn’t your typical straight-forward horror film. It’s as much a vehicle for social commentary and critique on the migrant crisis and America’s inhumane treatment of migrants at the border as it is about delivering stomach-churning gore and jump scares. The movie, directed by,  confirms the existential fear many migrants have of looked at as sub-human when they try to cross the border. Sometimes, the social commentary comes off as a little too on-the-nose, with Big-Bads saying things such as: “Nobody gives a fuck about these people,” and “We’re not paid to give [them] the American Dream. We’re paid to keep them out of it”. 

When the mystery behind the oddness of Cape Joy is finally revealed, the element of sci-fi and horror that’s added to Marisol’s story can almost feel like a relief, purely due to its obvious fictional tropes. The more terrifying parts of the movie–the abusive boyfriends, the violent men, the human traffickers, and the Mexican cartel–are arguably more frightening than the supernatural parts.

And lest, while watching, you trick yourself into thinking the movie isn’t really a horror movie, prepare yourself for a few jarring scenes.

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The climax of the movie is an extremely gruesome and violently gory climax that establishes the anthology installment as exactly what it markets itself as: a horror movie. But as we’ve seen in headlines that flood the TV, the newspapers, and our phones, sometimes, reality can be more horrifying than fiction. 

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