Cardi B's 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Look Is Equal Parts Sexy and Sophisticated

Rapper returns to the red carpet more than one month after giving birth

By McKenna Aiello Aug 20, 2018 11:55 PMTags
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She's baaack! Just over one month has passed since giving birth, and Cardi B is already showing us how the VMAs is really done. 

The "I Like It" rapper walked the red carpet at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday evening in a plunging, magenta gown by Nicolas Jebran that fit her enviable curves in all the right places. Cardi accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and even served some major Halle Berry vibes with a super sassy pixie cut. 

Of course, Cardi had to show up (and show out!) for tonight's highly anticipated event. She is the most-nominated artist after all! 

With 10 nominations in all, the 25-year-old Bronx native could win big in categories such as Artist of the Year and Best New Artist. Her "Finesse (Remix)" collaboration with Bruno Mars is nominated for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Choreography and Best Collaboration. 

MTV Video Music Awards 2018: Red Carpet Fashion

Additionally, she's up for Best Collaboration and Best Latin Music Video for "Dinero" with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled, as well as Best Hip Hop Music Video for "Bartier Cardi." 

Music lovers should be sure to tune into the top of the VMAs, as Cardi is slated to kick things off with a unique opening number. For all intents and purposes, the world-famous emcee previously confirmed she won't actually be performing onstage due to an unspecified illness. 

A source tells E! News, "Cardi will be opening the show with a funny skit. She is really sick and backed out of doing a full performance until she's 100 percent better." 

We have full faith that whatever Cardi pulls at the VMAs, epic will be the first word to describe it! 

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards airs Monday, Aug. 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.