Dressed in prison suits, shackles, and surrounded by prison imagery, rapper Kendrick Lamar launched into a powerful performance of “The Blacker the Berry” feat Agent Sasco off his Grammy-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly. In front of a gigantic fire, K. Dot escaped from the chains to perform his single “Alright” dubbed a civil rights anthem for this generation.
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With 11 nominations, the 28-year-old entered the Grammys as this year’s most nominated artist. He picked up four awards before the show for Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Song Collaboration, Best Rap Performance, Best Music Video and with To Pimp a Butterfly, won the first award presented during the show for Best Rap Album.
“This is for hip-hop… We will live forever,” Lamar said while accepting the award for Best Rap Album. “Believe that.”
The rapper won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance in 2015 for “i,” one year after going winless on seven nominations the prior year. His 2014 album, good kid, M.A.A.D. City, was lauded widely reviewed as one of the year’s best albums.
@kendricklamar THAT WAS SO POWERFUL.
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