It’s been an unusual year for all of us, and Cardi B is no exception. So it’s all the more impressive that she found a way to triumph amid the tragedy of 2020 as a prominent voice for social justice and a reliable hip-hop hitmaker atop the Hot 100 — earning her the Woman of the Year title at Thursday’s (Dec. 10) Billboard Women in Music event.
In a nod to her activism and political involvement, Cardi accepted the night’s biggest honor from Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, whose fatal shooting during a police raid in March became one of the catalysts of the renewed Black Lives Matter movement this summer.
“One of Breonna’s most outspoken advocates over the past few months has been Cardi B,” Palmer said in her video presentation. “Cardi has used her platform to spread the truth about what happened to Breonna and to reaffirm that Black women’s lives matter. Cardi B’s impact reaches far beyond music. That why I am so proud and honored to present Billboard’s Woman of the Year award to Miss Cardi B.”