We heard that before Kendrick Lamar took the stage at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, his performance was called “controversial” and “powerful.” And K-Dot clearly proved why.
He was dressed in a prison outfit, walking in shackles, and backed by prison imagery, he hit the stage making a political and controversial statement with "The Blacker the Berry" as men were locked in jail cells, Kendrick and the other “inmates” shined with a glow-in-the-dark effect.
Then there was an enormous bonfire raging behind him, Kendrick transitioned and the chains were broken as his acrobatic dancers were liberated to "Alright." The Compton rapper rocked through a single that’s been called a civil rights anthem for this generation.
Latly, with just one spotlight on him, Kendrick debuted a brand new song about death and “modern-day slavery.” K-Dot closed his set as a map of Africa appeared behind him with a single word written on it: “Compton.”Lamar proclaimed, "I'm African-American, I'm African, I'm black as the moon, heritage of a small village, my hair is nappy..."
Kendrick was already having a good night before the performance, he led the awards with 11 nominations, and had already secured five wins for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Performance, and Best Music Video.