Cardi B Raps About "Divorce" at NYC Jingle Ball Concert
The Madison Square Garden stop of the iHeartRadio tour also saw Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa celebrating their Grammy nods and Shawn Mendes covering Kings of Leon.
Some of music's biggest names took the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden for the Friday night stop of iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball tour. Performers ranging from Cardi B to Shawn Mendes treated fans to showstopping numbers — and a few more surprises. Here, The Hollywood Reporter rounds up the best moments from the concert.
Cardi B changes "Motorsport" lyrics, acknowledges "divorce" from Offset
The rapper closed out the show by performing some of her biggest hits — including "Drip," "Money Bag," "Backin' It Up," "Money," "Be Careful" and her self-proclaimed "special song" "Bodak Yellow," which she told the crowd she will perform "until the day I die."
But the standout moment from Cardi B's set was definitely "Motorsport," during which she changed the lyrics to address her split from her husband, fellow hip-hop star Offset. "I get up set off/ I turn Offset on/ I told him the other day/ Yeah, we gon’ get a divorce," she rapped, tweaking a line originally about selling a sex tape.
The Love & Hip Hop: New York alum announced last week that she and Offset were separating because they "grew out of love" after one year of marriage. Cardi B and the Migos rapper tied the knot in a secret September 2017 wedding ceremony, and welcomed their daughter, Kulture, that following July.
Later in her set, Cardi B talked about her excitement over celebrating her first Christmas with her five-month-old. "I'm remembering what is this month all about, and it's about family," she said. "I cannot wait to spend my first Christmas with my daughter."
Dua Lipa and Bebe Rexha celebrate their Grammy nods
Hours before Jingle Ball made its way to the Big Apple, several of the show's headliners found out they had been nominated for awards at the 2019 Grammys. Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa are among those who received nods.
While Cardi B, Mendes and Cabello kept quiet about their nominations onstage, Rexha and Lipa each took a moment to recognize their achievements. "You guys, I woke up this morning and found out I was nominated for best new artist at the Grammys," said Rexha, who performed hits like "I'm a Mess" and "Meant to Be." "Not only that, but now I get to perform Madison Square Garden. Do you understand how dope this is? So, thank you so much for sharing this with me!"
Lipa was also nominated for best new artist and for best dance recording for "Electricity," her club-ready collaboration with Silk City, Mark Ronson and Diplo. "I've been nominated for two Grammys!" she excitedly announced before launching into a performance of her nominated track. "I'm going to sing [it] for you guys right now. So, if you know it, let me see you sing along, let me see you dancing, let me hear you!"
Shawn Mendes covers Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody"
During his set, which included spirited performances of his myriad radio hits like "Stitches," "Lost in Japan" and "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," Mendes stepped outside of his own discography and covered Kings of Leon's 2008 chart-topper "Use Somebody." Mendes' stripped-down rendition of the rock song inspired the crowd to pull out their iPhones like lighters, turning the entire venue into a sea of sparkling white lights.
"I feel like I've been walking on clouds all day," said the Canadian-born star, who earned his first Grammy nomination on Friday for best pop vocal album for his self-titled third studio LP, released this year. "This is a perfect way to end the day."
Mendes finished his set with his 2018 hit "In My Blood," which he said he is "so ridiculously proud" of. "It truly came from the deepest part of my heart," he continued. "And the fact that people connected with it completely blows me away. I hope you guys love it. If you know it, sing it."
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour — which also features performances from Sabrina Carpenter, Khalid, Normani, Calvin Harris, Alessia Cara and K-pop boy band Monsta X, among others — will air as a TV special on the CW on Dec. 16.