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”

CREDIT: Cardi B / YouTube

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”

CREDIT: Cardi B / YouTube

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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Kate Del Castillo Talks Playing Teresa, Not Being Able To Shoot In Mexico, And More About The Return 'La Reina Del Sur"


Kate Del Castillo Talks Playing Teresa, Not Being Able To Shoot In Mexico, And More About The Return ‘La Reina Del Sur”

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Television audiences have spoken and Telemundo has listened. Almost a decade after Kate del Castillo captivated audiences in Telemundo’s mega telenovela hit ‘La Reina del Sur’ back in 2011, the actress reprises the role as Teresa Mendoza for the show’s sophomore season. Here’s why del Castillo is excited to be back as Teresa.

Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix have teamed up to co-produce this telenovela eight years after Teresa first appeared on TV screens.

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In the second season of “La Reina del Sur,” Teresa is now a mother with a daughter of her own who is under the protection of the Federal Witness Protection Program. Teresa and her daughter live in the idyllic Italian village of Massa Marittima in Tuscany.

But her past comes back to haunt her when her daughter is kidnapped in broad daylight. Teresa, like all mothers, will risk even her own life to get her daughter back.

Del Castillo spoke to mitú in an exclusive telephone interview on her main reason for coming back on the show.

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Although del Castillo said “executives of Telemundo were always flirting with the idea of a second part,” she said she felt it was a plot line that should be left alone since there was no second book by its creator, former Spanish journalist and current novelist Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

However, after the show’s massive success (Telemundo has called it its biggest telenovela hit), Pérez-Reverte was excited to do a second part—and del Castillo said she signed onboard only because its creator would be at the helm.

Now that Teresa is a mother in the second season, that didn’t stop del Castillo from connecting to the role despite not having any kids of her own. She said, “all women have that part in us.” 

Acting as a mother is something that del Castillo is familiar with.

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It was easy for the actress to reconnect with the emotions that she has prepared for being a mother in the past. “It’s something that comes easy to me,” del Castillo said.

Contrary to what most people think, Teresa is not actually based off of the life of Mexican drug cartel leader Sandra Ávila Beltrán, “La Reina del Pacifico,“ but instead is inspired by Ávila Beltrán.  

Del Castillo admits that she feels intimately connected to the role of Teresa.

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“After 8 years, it’s been a long time. I know who Teresa is—she lives in me for so many reasons,” del Castillo said.

Over the show’s first season, Teresa grew from a humble and naïve young woman to a strong independent woman who made moves and took names in one of the most dangerous industries—the drug business.

A far cry from the telenovela soap operas of eras past where the quiet, pretty ingenue has to fall in love as a damsel in distress. Teresa took matters into her own hands, no matter how big the stakes were.

“She is so independent, not needing a man, not believing what people told her when she couldn’t do things. She fights for life, she is running her title,” del Castillo said of the character she portrays. 

“I think we all have that Teresa Mendoza inside of us, that empowers people. We don’t need any man to be happy and she proved that in so many ways—the thing is that she is in the wrong business,” del Castillo said. 

Teresa is known for striking a balance between femininity and being a tough drug lord boss—and that multidimensional character is what drew del Castillo to first play Teresa. 

“She is a human being because she is flawed and she commits mistakes and does terrible things, and that’s the way people relate to her. This is a character even men relate to. She thinks like a man but acts like a woman,” del Castillo said.

Despite the obvious difference between the actress and the character, del Castillo does connect with Teresa.

“Her strong independence, not taking sh*t from anybody, we’re both Mexican, and we both like tequila,” del Castillo admits.

Filming for the series took part in eight different countries, and one of the countries some scenes were set in was Mexico. Del Castillo says a double was used for her scenes in Mexico because she is unable to travel back to her home country. She was, however, able to travel to other locations, including Russia and Romania.

Now that shooting has wrapped and the show is premiering this month, del Castillo said it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to a character she related to and went through so much with. 

“I enjoy playing her in every single scene. I wish I could play her more even,” del Castillo ruminates. “I need to let go of characters, you make them yours in so many ways.”

La Reina del Sur will return to Telemundo in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on Monday, April 22. The show will be available globally on Netflix.

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