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CARDI B BECOMES 1ST FEMALE RAPPER WITH MULTIPLE DIAMOND SONGS: ‘I’M FOREVER GRATEFUL’

Written by on November 30, 2021

Just a week after earning another Grammy nomination, Cardi B continues to write herself into Hip Hop’s history books.

On Monday (November 29), the Bronx superstar’s 2018 collaboration with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You,” surpassed 10 million sales in the U.S., making it eligible for diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In doing so, Cardi has become the first female rapper in history with multiple diamond hits.

The reality TV star-turned-rap sensation celebrated her historic achievement on Twitter by writing, “Wow I got two Diamond records! Thank you sooo much @maroon5 for including me on this song and this is the song I cater to my daughter every time I perform it. I’m forever grateful.”

Taken from Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues album, “Girls Like You” topped the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent seven weeks. The song, whose video has over 3 billion views on YouTube, won multiple Billboard Music Awards while earning a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2019 Grammys.

“She was in the honeymoon period of her moment,” Maroon 5’s Adam Levine said of Cardi’s cameo. “She was just beginning to be that female artist that everybody was talking about, and I thought it was an important thing for her to be involved. I knew she would have an interesting take on what was being said, and she would do it in a way that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of.”

The 29-year-old Bronx native first achieved diamond status in March when her 2017 breakout hit, “Bodak Yellow,” reached the 10 million sales mark — again, becoming the first female rapper to do so.

Nicki Minaj, her long-running rival for the Queen of Hip Hop crown, followed suit in November with “Super Bass.”

Cardi B has made more than just Hip Hop history thanks to “Girls Like You,” though. According to Chart Data, the 29-year-old rapper is only the third female artist ever with multiple diamond singles, joining an exclusive club that includes Katy Perry (who has three) and Lady Gaga (who also has two).

It might not be long until Cardi leads that pack as her “No Limit” collaboration with G-Eazy and A$AP Rocky recently climbed to 7x platinum status while her Megan Thee Stallion-assisted “WAP” is currently at 6x platinum, according to the RIAA.

Cardi B could add another feather to her cap at the 2022 Grammy Awards in January, where her 2021 solo hit “Up” is up for Best Rap Performance. It faces stiff competition from Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy,” J. Cole’s “My Life,” Megan Thee Stallion’s “Thot Shit” and Baby Keem’s “Family Ties.”

If Cardi emerges victorious, it’ll be her second Grammy Award following her Best Rap Album win for Invasion of Privacy in 2019, which was another historic feat for a solo female rapper.


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