Kendrick Lamar not only won the Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year for To Pimp A Butterfly, but he put on an unforgettable performance of his songs The Blacker The Berry and Alright.
The rapper’s performance featured incredible visuals, taking the viewers on a journey from a Compton prison, to seeing colourfully dressed dancers in traditional looking African costumes dancing around a bonfire.
But it’s not just the visuals and talented dancers that made this performance interesting—it was the social message that Kendrick Lamar attached to his performance. His song deals with themes of race and identity. The song’s lyrics combined with the stage visuals paints a jarring portrait of what it means to be African American in present day society.
The performance ended with Kendrick Lamar silhouetted against a backdrop of an African map that read “Compton,” which is also his hometown. The rapper even received the key to The City this past weekend for the messages he shares in his music. Looks like this was a huge weekend for Kendrick!
Even other celebs took to Twitter to praise his performance:
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 16, 2016
I had to charge my phone so I am late but @kendricklamar !!!!!!!!!!!! WOW.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 16, 2016
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) February 16, 2016
@kendricklamar THAT WAS SO POWERFUL.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 16, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 16, 2016
— SWIZZ BEATZ (@THEREALSWIZZZ) February 16, 2016
Check out Kendrick Lamar’s incredible Grammy performance below.