The Scoreboard is Uproxx Music’s bi-monthly look at who is putting points on the board and who is taking major L’s in the music world over the past couple weeks.
A lot happened in the last half month, but the majority of that went down in just a couple days. Specifically, it was music’s biggest night, the Grammys. That qualifier still rings true, but that doesn’t mean everything was sterling. For instance, the performances were mostly great, but some stuff behind the scenes (and even some stuff in front of the scenes): not so much. Meanwhile, 50 Cent made millions on accident, bots are doing good in the world, and China doesn’t seem very excited about hip-hop.
Win: Cardi’s note from Bono at the Grammys
Cardi B may have had the best night at the Grammys, mainly just because of how fast everything happened for the brash rapper: She only just signed a record deal in February 2017, in case you’ve forgotten, and it took her less than a year to become one of the biggest stars and #WCW subjects in the world. Musically, she came from nothing to dominate 2017, and she started 2018 off with a reminder that, no matter how uncomfortable a comfortably vulgar woman with a thick Bronx accent might make the more uptight among us, she’s not going anywhere. She brought energy to Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” performance, was a highlight of the Fire And Fury sketch, and she got a special note from Bono, reacting with about as much unbridled enthusiasm as a teenage me would have.