Grammy Awards: Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 'WAP' performance prompts outrage

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed their mammoth hit 'WAP' live for the first time at the 2021 Grammy Awards and triggered outrage from some viewers. 

The chart-topping track, already infamous for its extremely graphic sexual lyrics, has been heralded by some as an anthem of female empowerment and condemned by conservative commentators. 

The much-anticipated performance saw the artists twerk, pole dance and grind their way across an elaborate set before they met on a giant bed for a choreographed sequence together. 

Viewers were divided - with fans of the rappers delighting in seeing the song on stage for the first time, while others dubbed the performance "disgusting, vulgar and overly sexualised". 

"They saved the Grammys," one Twitter user wrote, while others called the "incredible" performance the best of the night. 

"I'm so glad she performed this live," another tweet read. "I was wondering if she was ever going to get to!"

"Men have sung about sex for generations. I'm SO glad that she was brave enough to sing about WAP. Support it forever." 

"That was HOT! Megan and Cardi B FIRED THAT STAGE UP! Where is the FIRE DEPARTMENT lol," offered a third. 

Meanwhile, others complained the choreography was "borderline disgusting for a prime time network show". 

"Overly sexualized performance with zero talent. Gross. Some songs just don't need to be 'played live'. Does more harm than good," one tweet read. 

"I'm hardly a prude by ANY stretch, but that shit made me turn away. Way over the top. I guess I really am too old now," said another. 

One Twitter user claimed the performance had "set women back 100 years" coming just after this year's celebration of International Women's Day. 

Another condemned it as "nothing but noise and asses bouncing around", while someone else asked: "has anyone checked on Ben Shapiro?". 

Right-wing conservative commentator Shapiro was mocked after he read the lyrics to 'WAP' on his Daily Wire show, expressing his disapproval that "this is what feminists fought for".