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Cardi B Had One Of The Best Performances At The VMAs But She Was Stuck In The Pre-Show

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper has a top 10 single on Billboard's Hot 100, but her VMA debut was limited to a preshow performance.

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Cardi B continued to win 2017 on Sunday night, when she took MTV's Video Music Awards preshow by storm with a fiery performance of her hit song "Bodak Yellow."

Advertisement well as tons of attitude and swag as she spouted out her confidence-boosting, in-your-face lyrics.

While fans enjoyed her performance and were proud of her for making such a lit VMA debut, many couldn't help but wonder why Cardi — a hot new artist with a single in the Hot 100's top 10 — was limited to a preshow performance.

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Especially considering the noticeable lack of women of color performing during the main show this year.

I'm mad they got Cardi B performing at the VMA pre show like they got anybody more hot performing at the actual awa…

Why are the dope hip hop acts always subjected to the pre show? Cardi B should have prime real estate during the show.


Put Cardi B on the main VMA stage. She deserves.

Cardi B needs to save to the VMA lineup and perform Bodak Yellow.

Lorde's performance wasn't good. You can on stage to SING not to dance like a 4th grader. They could've gave Khalid…

She was the highlight of the entire VMA experience for quite a few viewers:

ok but honestly i'm only watching the vmas for cardi b's performance

Well the highlights of the #VMAS were... 1. Cardi B 2. Logic's performance with Khalid & Alessia Cara. 3. Paris J…


Cardi B's performance was everything ! #vma

I didn't watch the vma's last night but I for damn sure watched Cardi B's performance at 5:30am

Some even think she should've hosted the whole thing:

MTV, I found the perfect host for you next year: Cardi B #VMAs

Especially after she used her main show moment (announcing Demi Lovato's performance) as a chance to show support for former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

"Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we're gonna be standing for you." - Cardi B (via @adelleplaton)


"Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel for us, we'll stand with you." -Cardi B Nothing but respect for my president😌 #VMAs

But more than anything, fans were proud of the former Love & Hip Hop star for making such an epic VMA debut.

Never Forget Cardi B makes her VMA debut with a performance at the pre-show 🔥🔥 #VMAs

BuzzFeed News has reached out to MTV and a representative of Cardi B for comment.

Sylvia Obell is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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