Cardi B Performs at Global Citizen Festival Before Chaos Ensues When Fence Barrier Falls

It was her first performance since giving birth

By Lena Grossman Sep 30, 2018 12:49 AMTags
Cardi B, 2018 Global Citizen ConcertMichael Kovac/FilmMagic

Cardi B looked red hot during her performance at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday night in New York City.

While the "Bodak Yellow" rapper has been making her rounds in the various Fashion Week circuits, this was her first public performance since she gave birth to her baby Kulture Kiari Cephus on July 10. Songs she performed included "Drip" and "Bodak Yellow."

Although Cardi's performance was fierce and full of fervor, chaos ensued not long after her performance. A fence barrier collapsed at the festival, which made concertgoers panic and sprint out of the concert. Coldplay singer Chris Martin assured attendees there was no reason to panic and that they're "all safe." NYPD Assistant Chief Kathleen O'Reilly joined him onstage and said, "Everyone relax, calm down. It was a barrier collapse. There were no shots fired."

Allen Devlin shared a video on Twitter of people sprinting out of Central Park and seeking exits. Global Citizen Festival has told everyone via Twitter to "stay calm" and the frightening noise was the sound of a barrier falling.

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Aside from giving birth to Kulture, Cardi has had quite the active summer and early fall. On Sept. 7, she and Nicki Minaj got into a heated altercation during a New York Fashion Week party.

During Cardi's performance at the Global Citizen Festival, the rapper performed "Motorsport," Migos' track featuring her and Nicki. She performed only her verse. Cardi also performed many of her solo hits, including "Bartier Cardi," after which she joked that everyone wants to sue her now that she is rich.


After lots of social media back-and-forth (plus some diss tracks), Cardi B came back into the spotlight last weekend during Milan Fashion Week in full furry force. She and Minaj—who have a long-simmering feud—both attended fashion shows in Italy but didn't seem to cross paths.

Before the Fashion Week fight, Cardi opened the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards and tricked all the viewers into thinking she was holding baby Kulture onstage, but it was merely the Moon Award instead.

In August, Cardi announced she was dropping out of Bruno Mars' 24K Magic Tour to spend time with her baby. She told her fans, "As of today I've decided I won't be joining Bruno on tour this fall. I thought that after giving birth to my daughter, that six weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically."

Fellow headliners at the festival included John LegendShawn MendesJanet Jackson and Janelle Monae. During her show, Cardi rocked a long blonde wig as well as fringed red pants and a red bra. She showed off her toned midsection just two and a half months after having a baby. She told E! News during New York Fashion Week, "I never worked out in my life." She danced and shook her way around the stage looking as powerful as ever.

During her set, the "I Like It" rapper encouraged attendees to get out and vote in the midterm elections on November 6. "We need to vote, especially us – the millennials," she said. Former First Lady Michelle Obama even made a surprise (video) cameo about the importance of voting.

—Reporting by Taylor Bryant