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2018 MTV VMAs: Cardi B’s Baby Kultura Fake Out & Red Carpet Trends

Last night was the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York City on August 20.

Quite a few of our Bellyitch  Bumpwatch alums showed up and/or showed out with draw-dropping performances, on-stage antics, on the red carpet risks and MoonMan winning!

Jennifer Lopez gave an electrifying performance of a medley of her hits over the years before accepting the Video Vanguard Award, the first person of Latino heritage to win the coveted prize.

Cardi B surprised the audience by opening the show cradling what looked like a baby on stage

Many thought they would get the first glimpse of her infant girl Kultura with husband rapper Offset, but she later revealed it was a trophy.

Womp womp womp!!

Later in the evening, the “I Like It” rapper won three of several awards she was nominated for, Song of the Summer for “I Like It featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin; Best new artist and Best Collaboration for “Dinero” Jennifer Lopez’s song with DJ Khaled Artist of the year.

She was nominated for Best hip hop, Artist of the Year, Best Latin album, also for Dinero and Song of the Year for “Finesse” with Bruno Mars

Beyoncé’s song “APES**T” with her husband Jay Z as part of their duo The Carters won a few technical awards for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction though that song was also nominated for Best collaboration, Best Direction, Best Choreography,  Best Hop Hop, Best Editing And Video of the Year.

On the red carpet, JLo and Cardi showed out along with other alums Kylie Jenner and Blake Lively, coming through with the pant suit again.

MTV Reality show and other Bellyitch alums Heidi Montag, Nicky Hilton, Nicole “Snooki” Palozzi and Audrina Partridge graces the red carpet also.

One fashion trend that stood out to me was the inptricate sheet organza I saw on singing sisters and Beyonce protege Chloe X Haile, comedic actress Tiffany Hadish and British singing phenom  Rita Ora.

 

And finally, winning the sex kitten awards: a chaps and chisel abs donning Teyana Taylor, Blac Chyna and red cat woman Amber Rose. 

2018 Billboard Awards (Quick Rundown)

Mom-to-be Cardi B was nominated for seven Billboard awards tonight at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and came away with a win for Top Rap Female artist award besting Nicki Minaj who was also nominated in that category.

Our other Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Janet Jackson showed up on the red carpet looking youthful as ever. She was on hand to receive the Icon Award, the first Black Woman to be bestowed the honor. She also performed a medley of her hits including “Nasty”, “Throb” and “If.”

Kelly Clarkson hosted the event and also looked fabulous in a medley of her own of fab  outfits. She started the night addressing the latest school shooting in Texas with a heart felt plea to do something more than have “moments of silences” and “thoughts and prayers” each time there is a school shooting in America. “It’s time we had a moment of action, she pleaded before kicking off the night. Later Khalid and Shawn Mendes did a moving tribute backed by the choir from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the site of another school shooting earlier this year.

 Christina Alguilera performed a duet with Demi Lovato. Jennifer Lopez performed her song  “Dinero” but without Cardi who did not attend the show and perhaps was dealing with the stresses of her fiance Offset getting into a terrible car accident. 

Other celeb moms we’ve featured prominently on the blog in attendance included Jenna Dewan Tatum in Zuhair Murad, Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Mila Kunis in David Koma  and  Ciara in a body fitting sheer dress..

Fun times!

Yellow, Gold and Celestial Beings at Met Ball 2018 Red Carpet (PHOTOS)

So the annual fundraising gala to mark the opening of the new Spring exhibit at The Metropolitan Gallery of Art in New York City went down last night.

As with this event every years, guests are asked to come dressed according to the theme of the new exhibit: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination. This year’s official hosts were Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amal Clooney (above in Richard Quinn) and Donatella Versace (who dressed a lot of the attendees this year)

With a theme like that not only do you expect some backlash at what could be expected as a parade of sacrilegiousness, but you sorely expect some interpretations of Angels, the Virgin Mary, the Pope and Cardinals! They all were there last night too.

We just cover the moms and other celeb women we have frequently covered starting with two moms-to-be:  Homeland star Claire Danes who is expecting her second child with husband Hugh Dancy and rapper and reality TV star Cardi B who is expecting her first child with her fiance rapper Offset.

Danes wore a custom floor-length empire waist Marni precious duchesse  red, magenta and caramel color block gown paired with Marni Monile handbag  and multicolour platform sandals.

Cardi looked regal in a custom golden bejeweled white Moschino gown. She was accompanied to the event by designer Jeremy Scott though her fiancé was there with the other two members of his group, Migos.

Of our other Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, we noticed a few trends within the theme.

Gold was one. Kerry Washington in a gorgeous floor-length Ralph Lauren dress with her afro serving as a halo! Evan Rachel Wood, Kim Kardashian-West in Versace and Irina Shayk.

We saw structure, ornateness and royal crimson in Solange‘s Iris Van Harper ensemble, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez‘s spectacular Balmain modern take on Joan of Arc and Scarlett Johanssson

Yellow was a prevalent theme and color and everyone wearing it last night looked stunning including Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren, Huma Abedin and Gabrielle Union in Prabal Gurung dress, Tasaki jewels, Stuart Weitzman shoes and a Tyler Ellis clutch.

Anne Hathaway went with volume in her  Valentino gown which she paired did James Banks earrings, a The Code bracelet and Jimmy Choo heels.

Meanwhile, Gisele Bundchen did old Hollywood glam but in an environmentally friendly way by working with Versacd to repurpose an old dress.

“Thank you @versace for working so hard to make me an eco dress. The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard,” she captioned a photo of herself in the dress before heading out to the ball.

Kylie Jenner made her first official official red carpet appearance in a black velvet Alexander Wang gown with Chopard jewelry with her beau rapper Travis Scott since the two welcomed their first child together, daughter Storming

Uma Thurman was accompanied to the event by Maya Hawke, her daughter with Ex Ethan Hawke and  donned a white Gabriela Hearst dress, Giampiero Bodino jewelry, and Manolo Blahnik heels

Most people played it safe but understandingly so because they probably didn’t want to cross the line and have to dodge lightning bolts! ha!

Mom-to-Be Cardi B and J Lo Shut It Down at 2018 Latin Billboard Awards

Mom-to-be rapper Cardi B and singer-actress  Jennifer Lopez performed onstage  this weekend at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Each year, singers, rappers and other recording artists with roots in Latin music cross over into American and Global industries. These performers are honored annually at this award show which recognizes sales and chart toppers.

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Cardi B, outfitted in a salmon-colored ruching bump hugging dress, took the stage with Puerto Rican reggaeton and trap singer Ozuna  to perform their 2017 collaboration, “La Modelo.”

 

She later took to her Instagram page to thank the Latin Billboard Awards for giving her an opportunity to perform. The Bronx native did so in Spanish before being briefly interrupted by her fiance rapper Offset of Migos.

Though Jennifer Lopez wasn’t nominated for any awards, she did use the occasion to debut her  new song “El Anillo” during a very elaborate staging. The mom to twins showed off her voluptuous figure in a nude bejeweled body suit.

 

During the show, the guys took many of the awards especially Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Beiber whose hit song “Despacito” was a staple on the airwaves all last year.

HTGAWM Star Karla Souza Latest Celeb to Have a Surprise Baby

How to Get Away with Murder star Karla Souza became the latest celebrity mom to have a surprise baby.

Like Annna Kornokiva and Enrique Iglesias before her, the 32-year-old actress managed to keep her entire 40 weeks Of Pregnancy a secret.

She surprised fans Thursday night when she Instagrammed a photo of herself well into her pregnancy, writing in English and Spanish, “So I have something to share with you guys ?.”

She followed up with a photo of herself cradling her brand new baby.

Congrats!!

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God blessed us ?? Dios nos bendijo.

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She welcomed a baby girl with banker husband Marshall Trenkmann, who she married in 2014.

Among others who kept it mum until giving birth are Laura Linney, Lost star Evangeline Lily who kept her pregnancy secret for close to nine months before paparazzi spotted her pregnant in Hawaii. Similarly, back in 2009, Jennifer Hudson managed to conceal her pregnancy until she was about 8 months along before a snoop with a camera spotted her with a massive pregnant.  Adele, Jennifer Lopez and several others kept it quite for 5 months or more.

Monica Brown is Our 2018 Posh Style Mom Icon!

It’s been a minute since we proclaimed a celebrity mom as a fashion style icon. After stalking Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum singer Monica Brown’s Instagram page and various presses sightings of the fabulous singer, the editors at Bellyitch have determined that the mom to stylish three is deserving to be our 2018 honoree!

For those unfamiliar, this recognition is given to a celebrity mom, usually one who has more than one child, who also has displayed effortless style, not necessarily created by a stylist, who inspires others and Monica is it!

We love the R&B recording artist’s  Instagram posts which are reminiscent of what you’d  see on any “it” Fashion Grammer or Style Blogger’s feed.

Monica’s fashion aesthetic consists of lots of bold colors, thigh high boots and chic dusters. She isn’t afraid to switch up her hair color from crimson, to pitch black to platinum. The mom of three, including 4-year old daughter Laiyah, 9-year old son Romelo and 12-year son Rocko,  has worn down her hair bone straight, in a croute pixie cut or intertwined in waist-length faux locs.

Her page is bright and totally themed out, similar to other influencers out there! See it HERE!

Ms. Brown can do no wrong in our book. The Atlanta-based philanthropist is married to NBA player Shannon Brown since 2010 when the two wed in a secret ceremony. Monica is also step mom to Shannon’s son Shannon Brown, Jr. from a previous relationship. Laiyah is the couple’s only child together as Rocko and Romelo’s dad is Monica’s ex, actor and rapper Rodney Hill, Jr also known as Rocko

The last time we named someone this honor was 2017 and it was given to philanthropist and end ex model Helen Lasichanh, Pharrell’s wife. Before her, the honor was given to Kourtney Kardashian in 2015. Before her, in 2014, Jennifer Hudson, who was the fourth mom to a single child to get the award. Before her, P!nk got it in 2012. And former First Lady Michelle Obama was dubbed an icon in 2011. Other designees include, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly RipaVictoria BeckhamTichina Arnold and  Christina Milian.

Here is a quick rundown of some of ourm fave looks Monica has rocked over the years as shared in her super fly Insta!

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The Garden…..

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Every step you take I’m taking with you ……

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Monica Denise Brown➕

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The time is always right to do what’s right ……..

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I still go up for you every night ?

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Wherever you go , make sure your happy follows ?

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❤️M.B.❤️

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Let Love lead you ❤️

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Street Symphony ?

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Still Standing …..

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Today was a good day ……

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Dominique Dawes and Jaime Pressley Are Latest Celeb Women Over 40 to Welcome Twins

We just noticed this but US Olympics gymnastics gold medalist Dominique Dawes and My Name Is Earl star Jaime Pressly became the latest in the growing list of celebrity women to welcome twins over the age of 40.

 Dawes and her husband welcomed their third and fourth children, a set of fraternal twins, son Lincoln and daughter Dakota in late January.

 Pressly welcomed her twin boys Leo and Lenon on October 14, 2017. Dawes was 41 when she welcomed her children and Pressly was already 40.

Other women in the club include Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Julia Roberts, Marcia Cross and several others.

Dawes and her Catholic school teacher husband Jeff Thompson are parents to 4-year old daughter Kateri and 2-year old daughter Quinn. Dawes now works as a brand ambassador, a motivational speaker and sometimes gymnastics commentator.

Pressly’s twin boys are the first children the actress and longtime boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi have together. Pressly is also mom to 10-year-old son Dezi James from a previous relationship.

 

Report: Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias Just Welcomed Twins!

Surprise!

TMZ reports that tennis star Anna Kournikova and her long time partner and possible spouse Enrique Iglesias  welcomed a pair of boy-girl twins over the weekend.

The names of the new arrivals are Nicholas and Lucy. Congrats to the happy couple who have dated for over a decade and were reportedly engaged or married, though no one knew for sure. Um just like no one knew home girl was even pregnant.

As TMZ notes, the gorgeous blonde has been out of the public spotlight for a while and was last spotted on a boat in November 2016.

Shout out to her family and friends for not spilling the beans. They’re the real MVP!

Kournikova is not the first celebrity to escape public awareness of a pregnancy. Among others who kept it mum until giving birth are Laura Linney, Lost star Evangeline Lily who kept her pregnancy secret for close to nine months before paparazzi spotted her pregnant in Hawaii. Similarly, back in 2009, Jennifer Hudson managed to conceal her pregnancy until she was about 8 months along before a snoop with a camera spotted her with a massive pregnant.  Adele, Jennifer Lopez and several others kept it quite for 5 months or more.

They also join our growing list of celebrities who have twins list!

 

h/t my fave source of news BMore Sun reporter John-John Williams

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These Were the Top 14 Most Anticipated Celebrity Births of All Time

We can safely say that if and when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome their first child, the occasion will be included in the short list of anticipated babies of all time which include the other Hollywood actress to welcome a child with a Prince.

1 Grace Kelly, a Hollywood legend, captivated the nation after she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become princess consort of Monaco, and the world watched closely as they started a family. On April 19, 1958,  presented her newborn son Albert to residents of the principality on April 19, 1958, from the balcony of the palace, along with their daughter Caroline.

2. Before then, over in the states comedienne Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz‘s son, Desi Jr, born on January 19, 1953, was most anticipated. That baby was the first to grace the cover of TV Guide in April 1953 with cover headline, “Lucy’s $50,000,000 baby.”

3. Then came the big Camelot birth on November 25, 1960 of little John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, born just 6 weeks after his dad became president.

4. It will take a few more decades for there to be a baby to capture so much attention. This one was anticipated worldwide. Prince William, the first born child to Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales joined the world on June 21, 1982.

5. The next big Hollywood baby was Lourdes “Lola” Leon born Oct. 14, 1996 to mom Madonna and her then  boyfriend and personal trainer, Carlos Leon.

6. The year 2006 was big for the birth of two celebrity baby girls of two popular actors: The April 18, 2006 birth of Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; and

7. A month later, in May 27, 2006 of Shiloh Pitt, the daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

8.  Two years later came the first major celebrated twins: the son and daughter of singer Jennifer Lopez  and  Marc Anthony on  born Feb. 22, 2008, when Max and Emme came into the world.

9. Also that year, fans of Nicole Kidman were happy to see her end her openly discussed fertility quest with a baby when her first daughter, Sunday Rose, with husband Keith Urban was born  in July  2008.

10. Then there was the first baby girl after a couple of boys for Victoria Beckham and David Beckham who welcomed their first daughter, Harper Seven on July 9, 2011.

11. A year later  came Queen Bey, Beyonce and Jay Z‘s, much anticipated arrival, Blue Ivy Carter born on January 7, 2012, after her mom had already experienced at least one miscarriage.

12.  Later that year,  another woman who openly talked about her struggles to get pregnant was Mariah Carey who, along with her then husband Nick Cannon greeted twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on April 30, 2012.

13. A year later, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their first child, daughter, North, on June 15, 2013.

14. The last big anticipated birth was Beyonce’s twins Suri and Rumi Carter on June 14, 2017.

When Not Rescuing Hurricane Maria Victims, J-Lo’s Looking Fierce (GET THE LOOK UNDER $50)

This weekend’s pick for fave celeb “out and about” look is Jennifer Lopez!

The singer-actress is being hailed for recently chartering several planes  along with fellow puertorriqueno  recording-artist Pitbull to her parents’ native Puerto Rico to deliver much needed supplies after Hurricane Maria ravished the US property in the Caribbean, along with the Virgin Islands and other islands.

She courierered sick and dying people back to the main land for treatment and rescue and also pledged $1M for relief efforts!

Bravo!

And she is looking great while doing it. We adore the cropped sweat top, yoga pants and bright  yellow Nike Women’s Air Presto Flyknit Ultra Running Shoe Alternate she wore while toting a fierce Christian Louboutin Paloma bag and green aviators, hair in tight up bun.

GET THE LOOK FOR UNDER $50 — well minus the $167 tennis shoes and the $1,500 bag. Ha!