Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez have had great successes in the past couple of years and even starred together in the 2019 film Hustlers. The Dominican-Trinidadian rapper, 28, and the Puerto Rican singer/actress, 51, are both being honored at this year’s Billboard’s Women in Music event receiving the woman of the year award and the icon award, respectively. With the massive success of “WAP” — which debuted at No. 1 and holds the record for most streams in the first week of its release — Cardi dominated the charts this year. “Yes I am the woman of the year,” she said in an Instagram post following the announcement of the award. “I got that song, bitch. The one that sold the most, the one that streamed the most. The one that had Republicans crying on Fox News. The one that is about to be six-times platinum in three months.”
Cardi B will receive the Woman of the Year honor at this year's #BBWomenInMusic ceremony. ✨ This award goes to an act whose music, performances, cultural influence and activism defined the year. https://t.co/nzEybZ10Vx pic.twitter.com/mGvNnwZ22a
— billboard (@billboard) November 18, 2020
But Cardi’s reach extends beyond music, she’s also been one of the most vocal celebrities in politics, sharing her platform with Sen. Bernie Sanders and President-elect Joe Biden. She famously called out President Donald Trump for the government shutdown and posted on Instagram that she woke up at 5 a.m.to head to the polls to vote for Biden.
“For over a year, I’ve been influencing and using my platform for y’all to vote, not just for when Joe Biden was going against Trump,” she added in her IG post. “I’ve been informing y’all about y’all’s senators, midterm elections, using my money to meet up with these candidates like Bernie [Sanders.] I represent America. I wanted a change and that’s exactly what the f— I did. Eat it up. I’m just that b**ch!”
Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is no stranger to being called an icon after she was given the People’s Choice icon award this month. JLo experienced career highs in 2019-2020 from the massive success of her film, Hustlers, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination to sharing the stage with Shakira during their highly-praised Super Bowl show this year. The star, who is engaged to Alex Rodriguez, celebrated turning 50 last year with her “It’s My Party” solo world tour but in true JLo fashion she’s still managing her acting career sharing the screen with Maluma in the upcoming film, Marry Me. The mother of 12-year-old twins Max and Emme spoke about what she now considers the real measure of success during her speech at the PCAs.
Thank you so much, @Billboard!!! ✨ https://t.co/d8PMzBAPmm
— jlo (@JLo) November 18, 2020
“The true measure is inspiring girls of all ages and of all colors, from all around the world, to know you can be anything you want and do as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know their dreams are only limited by their imagination, determination, and willingness to never give up.”
Billboard’s 15th annual “Women in Music” will be streamed online on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.