Kendrick Lamar’s performance stole the night.
After winning an award for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song, the rapper delivered a politically charged performance of his songs “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” on stage at the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night (Feb. 15, 2016).
He left everyone speechless with his powerful words and presence. At first, his performance had him and his backup dancers handcuffed, but as the song got heated, they all broke free from their chains. “I’m African-American, I’m African,” he rapped. “I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village/ Pardon my residence/Came from the bottom of mankind/My hair is nappy, my d–k is big, my nose is round and wide/You hate me don’t you?”
He later danced to another stage and literally set it on fire as he broke into “Aright.” Also, near the end of the set, a picture of a map of Africa appeared behind Lamar, with “Compton,” his hometown, written on it. His performance was so powerful, it earned him a tweet from the White House. “Shoutout to @KendrickLamar and all the artists at the #Grammys working to build a brighter future. #MyBrothersKeeper,” a rep for the President tweeted.
salute king @kendricklamar ✨👊🏾🏆
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) February 16, 2016
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 16, 2016
See photos of Kendrick Lamar’s incredible performance in the gallery below.