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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."

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...as 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… https://t.co/22BSTpoFYJ

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

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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… https://t.co/I50RyH2DSx

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… https://t.co/XCvj9sOHzw

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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)

CARDI B SHOUTED OUT COLIN KAEPERNICK AND I AM NOW OFFICIALLY A CARDI FAN. #VMAS

"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.

Contact Sylvia Obell at sylvia.obell@buzzfeed.com.

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