Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B Deliver Electrifying Grammys Performances of 'WAP' and 'Up'
During the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Cardi and Megan each delivered solo performances before they banded together for their ubiquitous hit "WAP."
Megan, née Megan Pete, 26, first took the stage sporting a glamorous silver ensemble as she performed alongside a group of sparkling dancers.
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The rap star opened her act with the fan-favorite track "Body" (which appears on her debut studio album, Good News), followed by "Savage."
During Megan's set — which featured a series of striking sequences — a duo of tap dancers appeared in glitzy leotards as they showed off their skills while moving down a brightly lit yellow staircase. As they approached the final steps, the dancers performed splits.
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Moments after, Megan's collaborator Cardi B, 28, hit the stage to perform her latest Bilboard chart-topper, "Up." Cardi, née Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, 28, wore a metallic pink skin-tight outfit which she topped with a stylish pink bob.
In true Cardi style, the hitmaker briefly showcased her exotic dance moves as she grabbed the heel of a giant stiletto shoe, which was designed to resemble a strip pole.
Likewise with "WAP," she and Megan performed on an oversized bed, in an overt nod to the song's sexuality.
"WAP," her collaboration with Cardi, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 21.
Earlier in the night, Megan won the Grammy for best new artist. As she accepted her prize, she froze in shock before taking the stage where she thanked her late mom, who died in 2019.
Later during Sunday's show, the remix of Megan's fan-favorite "Savage" earned her and Beyoncé, 39, the Grammy for best rap song.
Not long after that win, Beyoncé won best R&B performance — breaking the record for the all-time Grammys by a female artist, overtaking Alison Krauss.
She also now has the most Grammy wins of any artist in American music history, male or female.
Cardi B and Megan's performance came just weeks after Cardi's "Up" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Streaming Songs chart. The track peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat Cardi admitted she did not expect.
Their Grammys performance also came after Megan appeared on Maroon 5's latest song, "Beautiful Mistakes."
With the release of "Up," Cardi became the first female rapper to debut in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Lauryn Hill — who set the record with her smash jam "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998.
Speaking on "Up" during her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month, Cardi joked about the meaning behind the song.
"Have you ever taken a poop, right, and it don't come out?" she said. "It's just up and it's stuck. Yeah."
The explanation is funny, but the rapper, who was named Billboard's 2020 Woman of the Year, has already dropped nine Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits since her 2017 music debut. Most recently, "WAP" charted for 24 weeks.
Megan has been nominated for four Grammy Awards while Cardi has been nominated for eight. The latter won the Grammy for best rap album for Invasion of Privacy in 2018.
The Grammy Awards, hosted by Trevor Noah, are airing on CBS Television Network and Paramount+.