Editor’s Note: A previous version of the story said that Cardi B will perform at the event. While the rapper will open the show, she will not perform. Rolling Stone regrets the error and has clarified in the post below.
Cardi B will open the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, the annual award show set to be held Monday night at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, though she will not be performing. The award show marks her first major public appearance since giving birth in July to Kulture Kiari, her first child with husband and Migos rapper Offset.
Cardi leads this year’s VMA nominations with 10 nods, including Best Video and Best New Artist. Other previously announced performers include Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Logic with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Travis Scott and Post Malone. Jennifer Lopez, who is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, will also give a special performance.
Cardi recently pulled out of the final North American leg of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ World tour scheduled for the fall, citing she wasn’t feeling physically ready and didn’t want to leave her child behind to tour. However, she is slated to appear at a couple upcoming festivals, including Global Citizen Festival at New York City’s Central Park on September 29th. The rapper will also serve as a headliner for San Antonio’s Mala Luna Festival, which will be held October 27-28 at Nelson Wolff Stadium.