2021 BET Awards: Cardi B steals the show by revealing she’s PREGNANT

Cardi B stole the show early on at the 2021 BET Awards by revealing she is pregnant and expecting her second child with Offsest.

The 28-year-old singer took to the stage with a surprise performance of Migos’ hit song Type S**t in a bejeweled and sparkling bodysuit, which had a cutout revealing her baby bump. 

She also took to her Instagram with a photo of her body cast, revealing she’s expecting her second child.

Show-stealer: Cardi B stole the show early on at the 2021 BET Awards by revealing she is pregnant and expecting her second child with Offsest

Show-stealer: Cardi B stole the show early on at the 2021 BET Awards by revealing she is pregnant and expecting her second child with Offsest

Show-stealer: Cardi B stole the show early on at the 2021 BET Awards by revealing she is pregnant and expecting her second child with Offsest

Instagram: She also took to her Instagram with a photo of her body cast, revealing she's expecting her second child.

Instagram: She also took to her Instagram with a photo of her body cast, revealing she's expecting her second child.

Instagram: She also took to her Instagram with a photo of her body cast, revealing she’s expecting her second child.

‘#2!’ she said in her Instagram caption, while tagging her husband Offset.

The reveal dominated the conversation online, and at the show itself, with Marsai Martin even commenting on the bump.

Host Taraji P. Henson added, ‘Let’s go back to Cardi B and Offset giving us life, literally. They are really about that — even got there baby performing. It filled out a W2 and everything.’

Revealed: The reveal dominated the conversation online, and at the show itself, with Marsai Martin even commenting on the bump

Conversation: Host Taraji P. Henson added, 'Let's go back to Cardi B and Offset giving us life, literally. They are really about that -- even got there baby performing. It filled out a W2 and everything'

Conversation: Host Taraji P. Henson added, 'Let's go back to Cardi B and Offset giving us life, literally. They are really about that -- even got there baby performing. It filled out a W2 and everything'

Conversation: Host Taraji P. Henson added, ‘Let’s go back to Cardi B and Offset giving us life, literally. They are really about that — even got there baby performing. It filled out a W2 and everything’

Cardi B and Offset met in early 2017, with the couple tying the knot in secret in September 2017, a month before their public proposal in late October 2017.

The rapper gave birth to their first child Kulture Kiari Cephus in July 2018, though the couple did briefly split in December 2018 before reconciling shortly thereafter.

Cardi B has kept a low profile over the past few months, making the pregnancy reveal all the more surprising, though it’s unclear when her second child may be due. 

Migos’ performance began when they took to the stage in gas masks to perform their new hit song Straightenin.

They then broke into Type S**t when they were joined by Cardi B in a sparkling bejeweled body suit… which accentuated her baby bump.

The awards show got started with a rousing performance from Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin, which brought the house down at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Straightenin: Migos' performance began when they took to the stage in gas masks to perform their new hit song Straightenin

Straightenin: Migos' performance began when they took to the stage in gas masks to perform their new hit song Straightenin

Straightenin: Migos’ performance began when they took to the stage in gas masks to perform their new hit song Straightenin

Host Taraji P. Henson said she was, ‘so excited to be here with humans,’ before thanking Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin.

‘Tonight you’re gonna get 100% of our full blackness,’ Henson said, adding the show is celebrating, ‘the year of the black woman.’

She added that she wanted ‘all my queens’ in the front row, handing out roses to Issa Rae, Zendaya, Senator Maxine Waters and more.

Excited: Host Taraji P. Henson said she was, 'so excited to be here with humans,' before thanking Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin

Excited: Host Taraji P. Henson said she was, 'so excited to be here with humans,' before thanking Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin

Excited: Host Taraji P. Henson said she was, ‘so excited to be here with humans,’ before thanking Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin

She added that she’s going to come out dressed as some of her favorite Black women throughout the night. 

She then introduced the first award of the night, the nominees for Best Actress, which was won by Andra Day for her performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

‘I really did not expect it. Not like I didn’t expect this at all, like I really didn’t expect this, but thank you so much to my family at bet for supporting me way before this, since performing on the new talent stage in 2015, thank you so much and thank you to my family, to my costars, another wonderful amazing black woman who believed n me and put her all into me, to Tom Jones, to my cast, to Tyler, Ms. Lawrence, Evan. I’m missing some people, wonderful black men who actually funded our film and allowed it to see the light of day, thank you so much for supporting us and please let us continue that trend, thank you mama thank you,’ Day said in her rousing speech. 

First winner: She then introduced the first award of the night, the nominees for Best Actress, which was won by Andra Day for her performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

First winner: She then introduced the first award of the night, the nominees for Best Actress, which was won by Andra Day for her performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

First winner: She then introduced the first award of the night, the nominees for Best Actress, which was won by Andra Day for her performance in The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Marsai Martin took to the stage, commenting on Cardi B’s baby bump before presenting the award for Best Group, which was won by Silk Sonic, comprised of Anderson Paak and Bruno Mars.

‘BET, this means the world to us, thank you so much. That’s all I’ve got to say,’ Paak said  briefly.

Bruno Mars added, I want to thank the boss, our good friend Jesse Collins, everybody here at BET, thank you for the continued support, the Atlantic family, our families watching at home. Thank you all so much.’

Means the world: 'BET, this means the world to us, thank you so much. That's all I've got to say,' Paak

Means the world: 'BET, this means the world to us, thank you so much. That's all I've got to say,' Paak

Means the world: ‘BET, this means the world to us, thank you so much. That’s all I’ve got to say,’ Paak

Thanks: Bruno Mars added, I want to thank the boss, our good friend Jesse Collins, everybody here at BET, thank you for the continued support, the Atlantic family, our families watching at home. Thank you all so much'

Thanks: Bruno Mars added, I want to thank the boss, our good friend Jesse Collins, everybody here at BET, thank you for the continued support, the Atlantic family, our families watching at home. Thank you all so much'

Thanks: Bruno Mars added, I want to thank the boss, our good friend Jesse Collins, everybody here at BET, thank you for the continued support, the Atlantic family, our families watching at home. Thank you all so much’

Ciara took to the stage to present the next performer, Tone Stith, who sang his hit song FWM.

H.E.R. took to the stage to perform before Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor and Ryan Michelle Bathé presented the Best New Artist award, won by Giveon, who wasn’t in attendance to accept the award.

Moneybagg Yo took to the stage to perform his hit song Time Today before DaBaby performed Ball If I Want To during the telecast.

Ciara: Ciara presented one of the night's many performances by Tone Stith

Ciara: Ciara presented one of the night's many performances by Tone Stith

Ciara: Ciara presented one of the night’s many performances by Tone Stith

Tone sings: Ciara took to the stage to present the next performer, Tone Stith, who sang his hit song FWM

Tone sings: Ciara took to the stage to present the next performer, Tone Stith, who sang his hit song FWM

Tone sings: Ciara took to the stage to present the next performer, Tone Stith, who sang his hit song FWM

H.E.R.: H.E.R. took to the stage to perform before Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor and Ryan Michelle Bathé presented the Best New Artist award, won by Giveon, who wasn't in attendance to accept the award

H.E.R.: H.E.R. took to the stage to perform before Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor and Ryan Michelle Bathé presented the Best New Artist award, won by Giveon, who wasn't in attendance to accept the award

H.E.R.: H.E.R. took to the stage to perform before Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau, Michelle Mitchenor and Ryan Michelle Bathé presented the Best New Artist award, won by Giveon, who wasn’t in attendance to accept the award

Lauren London took to the stage to honor Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.

‘Tonight, we’d like to shine a light on the brave and transformative heroics of Darnella Frazier. This young woman who captured a moment in history that reflects our brutal past, helping to forge a way forward,’ she said.

‘With only her cell phone in hand she recorded 9 minutes and 29 seconds of social injustice highlighting the murder of George Floyd. Sometimes in life, it just takes one person to prove that we play a large part in getting the accountability we deserve,’ she said.

Winner: Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R

Winner: Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R

Winner: Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R

‘She didn’t set out to change the world, she set out to do what was right. Most recently, her courageous actions were rewarded with an honorary Pulitzer Prize. Unfortunately, Darnella could not attend tonight. But we felt it important to acknowledge her contributions to social justice,’ she concluded. 

Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R.

‘I wasn’t expecting this, I’m still on a high from the performance. I spent my edges out already. Put myself together. I’m so grateful for this award but I’m even more grateful for the stage,’ H.E.R. said. 

Chloe presents: Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R.

Chloe presents: Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R.

Chloe presents: Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halley presented the Best Female R&B Pop Artist award, which was won by H.E.R.

Wasn't expecting: 'I wasn't expecting this, I'm still on a high from the performance. I spent my edges out already. Put myself together. I'm so grateful for this award but I'm even more grateful for the stage,' H.E.R. said

Wasn't expecting: 'I wasn't expecting this, I'm still on a high from the performance. I spent my edges out already. Put myself together. I'm so grateful for this award but I'm even more grateful for the stage,' H.E.R. said

Wasn’t expecting: ‘I wasn’t expecting this, I’m still on a high from the performance. I spent my edges out already. Put myself together. I’m so grateful for this award but I’m even more grateful for the stage,’ H.E.R. said

‘But I just want you guys to know how important this stage is, how important it is for us to recognize each other and to celebrate each other,’ she added.

She also mentioned that R&B music and soul music is the ‘foundation of country music,’ adding without Black music, there would be not a lot of the other genres out there.   

Megan Thee Stallion took to the stage next to perform her hit song Thot S**t, before she won the Best Music Video Award for Wap, taking to the stage to accept the award, though Cardi B declined to accept the award.

Important: 'But I just want you guys to know how important this stage is, how important it is for us to recognize each other and to celebrate each other,' she added

Important: 'But I just want you guys to know how important this stage is, how important it is for us to recognize each other and to celebrate each other,' she added

Important: ‘But I just want you guys to know how important this stage is, how important it is for us to recognize each other and to celebrate each other,’ she added

R&B: She also mentioned that R&B music and soul music is the 'foundation of country music,' adding without Black music, there would be not a lot of the other genres out there

R&B: She also mentioned that R&B music and soul music is the 'foundation of country music,' adding without Black music, there would be not a lot of the other genres out there

R&B: She also mentioned that R&B music and soul music is the ‘foundation of country music,’ adding without Black music, there would be not a lot of the other genres out there

‘First of all, they told me you have 2 minutes to put on your dress after that performance to get out here. And I said how did they know it’s going to be me? Whatever. Oh, my god. I just want to say thank you to everybody who supported Wap all across the world,’ she began.

‘They were in front of the White House singing wap. Okay, everybody’s got their wap. I really want to thank B.E.T., I want to thank the hotties, all the beautiful women that are right here in these front rows. Black women, we are the culture. Within the culture and in the future we are still going to be the culture. So shout out to us,’ she said.

Jennifer Hudson took to the stage to honor Aretha Franklin, who she portrays in the upcoming biopic Respect, which hits theaters nationwide August 13.

‘What a privilege and an honor it was to create this tribute to Ms. Franklin’s extraordinary life and legacy in our upcoming film, Respect,’ Hudson began.

‘The entire cast and crew showed up every day with purpose and the passion knowing the significance of this film and what a joy and blessing it was to be able to tell her incredible story — from a young girl singing in her father’s church, to becoming an international superstar,’ she added.

‘I made it my mission to give my everything to tell her story right, and to make her proud. I’m extremely honored to have had this opportunity to celebrate and honor the queen, of soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin,’ she concluded.

Host Taraji P. Henson also saluted tennis star Naomi Osaka, who made headlines for pulling out of the French Open to protect her mental health, before Tyler the Creator took the stage for a unique performance.

Insecure creator/star Issa Rae saluted Black women in comedy before presenting the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, which was won by Megan Thee Stallion.

‘Now that my breath is caught and I can talk about it, I really forgot to say, thanks Cardi even putting me on Wap, because to be acknowledged of one of my peers I think so highly of, I think highly of all the women nominated in this category,’ she said.

‘Everybody knows I am a girls girl, and I just want to say, thank you mama. Thank you mama for even putting it in me to want to be a female rapper and putting the work ethic inside of me and the drive and the push. She can’t be here with me today but I still think about her every day and she is the reason why I keep going,’ she said.

She also thanked all of the women that support me and thanks B.E.T. for making the show about ‘the year of the woman.’  

Maxine Walters took to the stage to recite part of her famous speech before Jazmine Sullivan performed On It in front of the packed crowd.

Roddy Ricch performed Late At Night before Saweetie presented the Album of the Year award, which was won by Jazmine Sullivan for her album Heaux Tales.

She delivered an emotional speech, joined by her mother, revealing that ‘two years ago, we would have never expected to be here. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. We didn’t see this happening, but god it has so faithful to us.’

The audience applauded when Jazmine revealed her mother is, ‘now in remission, and this is my prize, this is my gift. It means anything more than that she is here with me.’

‘She supported me all my life and love to me all my life. I’m so grateful for her, this award is bigger than me. It’s for all the women, all the black women that are amazing and strong, that inspired me all my life,’ she added.

Sevyn Streeter and DJ D-Nice presented a new performance by Mereba, who sang her hit song Rider, before Lil Nax X sang his new hit single Montero (Call Me By Your Name).

He ended his performance by making out with one of his dancers as the crowd applauded, before Naomi Campbell took to the stage to present the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Award, which was won by Lil Baby. 

‘How y’all doing? I want to give the big shout out to Connie and BET, shout out to my label and definitely my fans,’ Lil Baby said in his brief speech.

Silk Sonic performed their hit Leave The Door Open at Club Novo in L.A. Live in front of a group of newly vaccinated fans. 

After host Taraji P. Henson broke down a history of booty-shaking, she introduced City Girls, performing their hit song Twerkulator.

The stars of Tyler Perry’s Sistas, KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown and Crystal Hayslett took to the stage and praised the humble bonnet, before presenting the Best International Act Award, won by Nigeria’s Burna Boy.

‘I made it this time to collect my award myself. Thank you everyone. Thank you to my mom, the most beautiful woman on Earth, who normally would be making this speech for me because I don’t really talking on the mic if I’m not singing but, yeah, my mom is here,’ he said.

‘Thank you everyone and everything. One thing I’m going to do before I leave here, I’m going to teach you guys a little bit about where you are all really from. Now when I say, well now did yes, you say we did,’ he said.

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