Cardi B thanked the late singer after receiving a bouquet of flowers that came with a note quoting one of Tom Petty's songs

By Maria Pasquini
February 11, 2019 11:55 AM

Cardi B made a big gaffe after her big night at the Grammys.

After winning her first-ever Grammy on Sunday — and becoming only the second woman to pick up the prestigious best rap album award — Cardi received many congratulatory messages and gifts, including one which she seemed to mistakenly believe was sent by the late singer Tom Petty.

“Thank you Tom Petty for the flowers,” Cardi mused in a since-deleted Instagram Story post, seemingly not realizing that Petty died of an accidental drug overdose in 2017.

“I left the room but the flowers were very big. I want to say thank you so much,” she continued, before thanking Petty for the “beautiful note” he included with the flowers.

The note — which read “You’ve got a big heart. So big it could crush this town” — are lyrics from the singer’s 1996 song, “Walls (Circus).” The confusion seemed to stem from the fact that the quote was attributed to Petty, whose name was printed on the bottom of the message.

“Motherf— love me, bro!” Cardi exclaimed at the conclusion of the video.

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While it’s not immediately clear who did send the congratulatory bouquet to Cardi, many social media users were amused by the rapper’s mistake.

“Who’s going to tell @iamcardib that Tom Petty is dead… “ wrote one social media user, while another joked, “tom petty wrote walls about cardi b we just didn’t know it then.”

Hypothesizing about who the flowers could have come from, one fan suggested that Nicki Minaj — whom Cardi has feuded with in the past — was responsible.

Did Nicki Minaj do this to sabotage Cardi B?” they wrote, including a crying with laughter emoji. “Petty Level: Tom Petty.”

Others believed the flowers could have come from Chris Brown, who has recently been trading insults with Cardi’s husband Offset.

According to Hot New Hip Hop, over the weekend, Brown posted a since-deleted Instagram caption that appeared to suggest he wanted to send flowers to Cardi.

“Ima send ya girl flowers so she know I respect her,” Brown wrote.

Cardi B and Offset
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Putting on quite the PDA spectacle at the Grammys, Cardi B and Offset made their first awards show appearance together since the pair called it quits amid a cheating scandal.

Making their reconciliation red carpet-official, Cardi and the Migos rapper, 27, posed for photographers at Los Angeles’ Staples Center before leaning in to share a lick.

The “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker later pulled her husband onstage as she accepted her award, thanking baby daughter Kulture Kiari “because when I found I was pregnant, my album was not complete … we was like, ‘We have to get this album done so we can shoot these videos while I was still not showing,’ and it was very long nights.”

Cardi B and Offset

However, that night the musician and mother of one came home to perhaps her sweetest prize — her daughter finally said “mama” for the first time.

In a video she shared late Sunday night of Kulture in a walker, Cardi can be seen getting emotional with her hand over her mouth after her daughter clearly says the word “mama.”

“After a week of only saying papa! She saying mama! Happy 7 months Kulture ! We love you,” the rapper captioned the clip, tagging husband Offset, sister Hennessy Carolina and the latter’s partner, Michelle Melo.

The 61st Grammy Awards, hosted by Alicia Keys, were broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.