Written by Nathasha De Alwis
29 Jan, 2018 | 9:46 am
Kendrick Lamar took the Grammy Awards by storm yesterday (Jan 28), winning five early awards and opening the show with a politically charged performance that brought the audience to its feet.
Lamar is regarded as one of the most innovative rappers of his generation, kicked off the program in New York with dancers dressed in military fatigues against the backdrop of an American flag.
He performed a medley of hits including “XXX” featuring U2, “DNA.” and ending with “King’s Dead,” where dancers dressed in red hoodies mimicked being shot and falling to the floor.
The performance earned cheers and a standing ovation from the audience at Madison Square Garden.
Lamar won for best rap album, music video, rap song, rap performance and rap/sung performance, defeating fellow rapper Jay-Z and leaving him empty-handed despite going into the show with a leading eight nominations.
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