Cardi B is Opening the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Cardi B has spent over a month waiting to make her big comeback to the stage, and she couldn’t have picked a more perfect occasion. The Grammy-nominated rapper will open the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, marking her first performance since giving birth.

Landing the opening number slot is a huge honor for Cardi B, but it’s definitely well-deserved. She received nominations in 10 different categories, beating out the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Drake. Most notably, she’s in the running for Artist of the Year and Best New Artist, but we’ll have to wait until August 20 to see if any of these awards end up in her hands.

The list of performers during the main show also includes Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and Travis Scott. Nicki Minaj will deliver a special performance from a surprise remote location in New York City. Backstreet Boys are among artists slated for the VMAs red carpet pre-show outside of the Radio City Music Hall.

Cardi’s fans were super-excited to hear she’ll be able to make an appearance during this awards ceremony. She recently pulled out of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour to focus on her newborn. The rapper admitted she had a hard time making this decision, but ultimately realized it’s the best thing to do.

“I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing. Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.” wrote Cardi B a few weeks ago.