Last night, a whole host of artists were recognized for their talent and contribution to the world of music at the 63rd annual Grammys.
However, there was one aspect of the event that people weren't too impressed with...
And that was Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's performance.
The controversial duo performed a "clean" version of their hit 2020 track, "WAP" but, evidently, it wasn't clean enough for some viewers, who have been left completely outraged as a result.
Scroll on to see their rendition for yourself...
Now, as you may be aware, "WAP" isn't exactly the family-friendly track of the decade.
Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion's hit collaboration has been taking the world by storm ever since its release in August last year.
The song is riddled with sexual connotations and innuendos from start to finish.
We all know the lyrics at this point.
And that was just a warm-up.
The rest of the song weighs in on some pretty explicit sexual activity, which I'm not going to write about here - for obvious reasons.
And just when we thought that was enough...
A whole host of female dancers feature in the video...
via: YouTubeBecause Cardi "wanted different types of bad b****es in my video. Black, white, Latin, mix."
And we can't forget Kylie Jenner's somewhat arbitrary appearance, can we?
One segment of the video shows the reality star walking seductively through the house in a revealing leopard print bodysuit - this then resulted in a petition being launched to get her removed from the video.
However, that doesn't mean the song hasn't experienced its success.
In the days following its release, Cardi excitedly took to Instagram to share that the song had reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and had the most streams in the first opening week in music history.
The music video has now had over three-hundred million views on YouTube...
And the powerhouse collaboration alone has amassed more than ninety million streams.
Many regard "WAP" as one of the most iconic feminist anthems of all time...
@laurenhtexas 🗣 If a woman doesn’t feel empowered by WAP she’s a fake feminist— 🌷 miguel 🌷 (@🌷 miguel 🌷)1607570585.0
With women from all over the world claiming to feel "empowered" by its lyrics.
However, on the other hand...
Some people aren't too impressed with the track, slamming it as "inappropriate" and "damaging to feminism."
WAP is disgusting. It pissed off a lot of people who raised daughters who respect themselves. I long for the days when hip hop portrayed our women as queens.— JulesWins (@Juleswinz) December 12, 2020
It's a divisive topic, to say the least.
But one thing that most people can agree on is that "WAP" is not appropriate for family listening.
Many have expressed their concern surrounding the effect this song will have upon young and vulnerable ears...
Not saying she needs to be cancelled, we're just saying tis a garbage song and her message is garbage and parents should be aware of it. I'm all for raunchy jokes and songs, but stuff like this shouldn't be on general airwaves or available to kids.— Helepolis (@RealMercHours) August 19, 2020
So, after seeing the duo perform the track at the 2021 Grammys last night, people were less than impressed.
As stated earlier, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed the song live for the first time during the 63rd annual event.
For their set, the stage was kitted out with poles, huge stiletto shoes, and a giant bed - did we expect anything less?
Megan kicked off their joint performance with a cabaret-style medley of "Body" and her now Grammy-winning smash "Savage"...
Before the opening notes of "WAP" started.
Admittedly, it was a "clean" version of the song, with certain words omitted out from the verses.
However, viewers have still been left outraged by the sexual nature of the choreography, with many claiming that it was way too explicit for a primetime show.
That was god aweful lip synced madness— Nigel Lew (@NigelLew2) March 15, 2021
Totally DISGUSTING— Rob Hutchison (@RobHutchison15) March 15, 2021
Way to keep it classy, ladies!— Blanco (@Blanco919Irish) March 15, 2021
Nasty, straight up porn on the Grammy on TV disgusting.— Overcomer (@57Overcomer) March 15, 2021
Why I had to see Cardi B WAP on CBS primetime is beyond me! What is this world coming too! SMH— So-Rare (@Rare_So_Rare) March 15, 2021
what.??????? soft porn on CBS?!— Razzberry (@FreeRazzberry) March 15, 2021
This was so inappropriate! There are kids watching this show ....— catherine silva (@catcsilva) March 15, 2021
You can watch their full performance below.
What do you think? Was their set wildly inappropriate for a family-watched event? Or is this simply what empowered women look like in 2021?