THE NIGHT OF CARDI.
The opening of the iHeartRadio Music Awards was most definitely the Cardi B show and fittingly so, because later in the night she won the Best New Artist Award, accepting it in a vibrant burgundy tulle dress. In her short speech, she thanked her inner circle and - of course - the fans and all the haters. Granted, the opening was a defining part of her career for both her and the fans alike, yet I still couldn’t help but to ask myself, if the showcase missed out on an ideal opportunity to create an iconic stage moment.
As part of the mashup of her most popular and recognizable hits, something especially felt to be missing during the Mostosport verse. Imagine for a second, if Migos hit the stage alongside Cardi and rumored revival Nicki Minaj, all at the same time. That would have been a lasting topic of hip-hop conversation for weeks (maybe even months) to come.
Now, it’s crucial to understand that both female performers have on many occasions publicly denied their rivalary indirectly, alluding to claims that men in the music industry pin women against one another for no real reason other than to cause dramatic tension and make more money off of the attention. But hip-hop music fans aren’t as sure about this particular feud, even months later.
During a Beats 1 interview with radio personality Ebro Darden and Migos, music fans caught a drift of discourse when they discussed back in the January sit-down about the (now) released Culture Two album. “They played themselves," Quavo spoke on the missed opportunity for the Motorsport visuals. "We tried to create that moment. At the end of the day, I feel like that record is still a moment, just the record alone. Hearing both of them on one song go at it.” said Quavo. "We made a moment for hip-hop, again.” said Offset.
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They spoke on putting the two artists on the same record and by doing so, changing the game for women in hip-hop to go head to head on the same track. So therefore, not only would it have been a risky yet legendary moment for the iHeart platform to host a game changing stage presence like this, but it also would have most definitely squashed the rumors about beef between the female powerhouses. It’s rather unfortunate that sometimes the performance elements of a show seems to be more about the behind-the-scenes business and artist's egos, and less about the music itself. But as the industry politics go - it wasn’t that unusual to have an artist to choose or be chosen to stand out on their own like this. And with that being said, Cardi sure did take her moment; congrats on such a career achievement in such a short period of time fam!
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Camila Cabello, who may just have her own feelings about the split from Fifth Harmony, was the next to perform her favorited hit – Havana – from her self-titled debut album, Camila. She stepped down the stage in matching bubblegum pink thigh-high heels and a high-slit satin dress, with a massive bow draped down the back of the waist line. Adding into the mix – the slightly rose colored angled frame glasses – making it into a look all on its own.
Cabella and Cardi, while two very different women in music, both seem to be rising in ranks of their own. I’m not sure either of them need to take any notes from the haters. Just look to the increasing dominance in their upward directional career decisions, let alone when it comes to the spirit of their individual fashion game.
Clearly, two sensations can share the same stage, anytime. Although, wouldn't it be sort of historic if Nicki Minaj and Cardi B took the stage together, to shock us one day. One could only speculate.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE. His primary goal as a Fashion Creative, is to document fashion history in the streetwear and art sector.
From the lens of an abstract visual content producer, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University; where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column for The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University – And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early – Bringing him to four design oriented degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art of the few, to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for just over a decade, from commercial retail visual management to corporate level ghost writing and consulting. Now, in this exact moment, T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent urban California lifestyle based fashion movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.