Kendrick Lamar Opens The Grammys With Dave Chappelle & A BANG (Video)

Kendrick Lamar opened the 60th Grammy Awards with a performance. Ahead of tonight’s live televised event, the Compton, California MC was already awarded three trophies for “Best Music Video,” “Best Rap Song,” and “Best Rap Performance.” In all three categories, it was DAMN. single “HUMBLE” that scored the win.

When the awards show began, Kendrick did not perform that #1 single to his 2017 album. Instead, he delivered one of the live moments of his career with a medley beginning with “XXX.” U2’s Bono and The Edge briefly appeared during the set for their part of the collaboration. However, it was a masterfully choreographed team of dancers (who portrayed heavily armed soldiers before an LED American flag and fireworks and later, rapidly assassinated Blood gang-members) and book-ending appearances from Dave Chappelle that Heads may remember as part of this jaw-dropping performance. Additionally, “Kung Fu Kenny” showcased “DNA” and some 2018 music, care of Jay Rock collaboration “King’s Dead.” The last song is part of next month’s Black Panther soundtrack, as well as Rock’s upcoming third LP.

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“The only thing scarier than watching a Black man be honest in America is being an honest Black man in America,” said the comedian from the side of the stage. After an impassioned sequence with Lamar and a drummer, Chappelle re-appeared to joke that this was reaching the masses through CBS. Chappelle is also up for an award.

Moments after his performance, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna won “Best Rap/Sung Performance” for “LOYALTY.” Elated, the MC thanked his TDE family, as well as the staffs at Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.

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Long before the night is over, Kendrick Lamar now holds 11 trophies in his young career.