Money Moves: Cardi B, Donald Glover and Black Panther cast named EW’s top entertainers of the year

Cardi B, Donald Glover, and several of the female stars of Black Panther were featured on Entertainment Weekly’s annual Entertainers of the Year edition.

The 26-year-old rap princess, along with the 35-year-old Atlanta star were featured on the cover along with, Black Panther stars Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Darren Criss, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Ariana Grande, the Fab 5 of Queer Eye were also listed as entertainers of the year in the magazine’s special edition, which just came out today.

“They completely stole the show during the revolutionary superhero flick,” said Seija Rankin, Entertainment Weekly features editor, of the female stars of Black Panther, “and seem to have inspired the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make great strides in the strong female lead department.””

The ladies of Black Panther all agreed that there is a magic to the fictional land of Wakanda.

Bassett said it is a nation that respects its women.

“They think of us not just as Queen but Queen Mother,” she said. “Mother is nurturer and the first teacher.”

For Cardi B, the title is just another star to add on her list of achievements this year, as she was the first woman to have five top 10 singles — yes, she broke Beyonce’s record — her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” went double platinum and she gave birth to her first child, Kulture Kiari, on July 10. Cardi B spoke to Entertainment Weekly’s Patrick Gomez about how nervous she was to give her first big live television performance at the American Music Awards on Oct. 9 after having her baby.

“It was my first big performance on television after giving birth, and I just wanted people to see that I’m working my ass off,” she said. “The rehearsals were long days and I had bruises on my body, but it came out so perfect. It was worth it.”

Donald Glover

While Donald Glover, continues to impress music and television fans alike with his incredible performance in season two of Atlanta and for his raw and insanely unique music video “This Is America,” which showcases racism in the country over the years. Not to mention he is going to be staring as Simba in the live-action “The Lion King” next year.

Comedian and Master of None star Lena Waithe first met Glover at the Creed premiere in 2015 and was immediately in awe of his talent in Atlanta.

“I remember thinking, ‘Nothing will ever be the same again,” she said. “Donald just gave us permission to be funny, dark, off the beaten path, and be our authentic selves in a way I hadn’t seen before. I think he really shifted things for people in black Hollywood.”