Kendrick Lamar Performs, Wins Big at 2016 Grammy Awards – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Feb. 15, in hip-hop history...
2016: Kendrick Lamar, already a rap superstar, further solidified his place in history with a show-stopping performance and five Grammy wins in one night at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
California king Kendrick came into the 2016 Grammys with a lot of buzz surrounding him. His album at the time, To Pimp a Butterfly, was critically-acclaimed by fans across the board, and was present in every album of the year conversation. With how big he was becoming, it was only right that the Grammys took notice. On this night, he had 11 nominations, including Album of the Year. Kendrick was also a scheduled performer, and one of the most-anticipated names on that list.
Once Kendrick took the stage, he did not disappoint. He walked out onto a jail set, dressed up like a prisoner and walking on a chain gang. He stepped to the mic and went into a reworked version of "The Blacker the Berry," complete with flashing lights. Kendrick and the other prisoners broke free, and he walked over to a fire-lit part of the stage and performed "Alright" surrounded by dancers in African garb.
After this incredible performance, Kendrick began to collect Grammys. While he didn't get to win all 11 of his nominations like he hoped, he did pretty well by anyone's standards. Kendrick won his share of awards including Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "These Walls," which features Anna Wise, Thundercat and Bilal; and "Alright" earned him Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance awards. He also won a Best Music Video award for his appearance in Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."
Kendrick Lamar is a necessary part of hip-hop's landscape, and the Grammys truly recognized his star power at this point.
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