Like any award show, the Grammy Award show had it’s fair share of hits and misses.
While the night included star-studded performances remembering greats such as David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Lionel Richie, one performance unapologetically took the award show by storm. Stealing the spotlight and lighting the stage up, Kendrick Lamar is the name on everyone’s lips now.
Nominated for 11 awards, it was obvious that it was Lamar’s time to shine. Taking a page out of Beyonce’s Superbowl playbook, Lamar immediately captivated the entire Staples Center. Entering the stage as part of a chain-gang performing “The Blacker the Berry,” Lamar set the tone for his politically charged performance. Freeing himself from handcuffs, Lamar then segued into Grammy-winning hit “Alright”, in which the set then exploded into flames. While a cast of background dancers African tribe dances, the performance was then rounded out with a snippet of Lamar’s new song. Displaying the continent of Africa with the outline of Lamar’s hometown Compton, the political undertones of the performance were hard to ignore. Leaving the stage with a standing ovation, Lamar changed the tone of the whole evening. The story-telling throughout his performance spotlighted why exactly Lamar was nominated for so many awards.
Contrasted with the other performances of the night, Lamar’s performance was dramatic, soulful and captivating leaving audience members wanting more. Leading in number of nominees in the 58th Grammy Awards, it’s clear to see who the real winner of the night was, despite only winning 5 awards.
After such a riveting performance, it’s no surprise that Lamar finished at out the night winning huge awards, taking home awards for: Best rap album for To Pimp a Butterfly, Best rap song for “Alright”, Best rap/sung collaboration for “These Walls”, Best rap performance for “Alright”, and Best music video for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.