Kendrick Lamar Wins Big, Performs Big At The Grammy Awards

Willie Grace | 2/16/2016, 1:26 a.m.
Kendrick Lamar had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage at the Grammy Awards, but Adele’s performance didn’t match ...
Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage at the Grammy Awards, but Adele’s performance didn’t match the greatness of her past live efforts.

Lamar started his performance Monday appearing beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and a bruise on his eyes. He went on to fuse rap, jazz, reggae and African sounds for a commanding performance as he rapped “The Blacker the Berry” and the Grammy-nominated “Alright” passionately. He ended with a map of Africa, and the city of Compton imprinted in it. Though Lamar lost out to Taylor Swift for Album of the Year honors – she took the award for the second time for 1989, and Bruno Mars won Record of the Year for “Uptown Funk.”

“There are going to people out there that try to undercut your success or take credit for your fame … you don’t let those people sidetrack (you),” Swift said.

Swift won Grammy album of the year for “Fearless” in 2009. She won three awards Monday, including best pop vocal album and best music video for “Bad Blood,” with Lamar, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Lamar was the night’s top winner with five awards including Best Rap Album for his sophomore effort,”To Pimp a Butterfly.” It was the first award televised Monday. Lamar walked into the Grammys with the most nominations — 11.

“Hip-hop, Ice Cube, this for hip-hop, this for Snoop Dogg …this for Nas. We will live forever, believe that,” said Lamar, who also won best rap song, rap performance, rap/sung collaboration and music video earlier in the day.

And his win didn’t go unnoticed by the Executive-In-Chief.

Kirk Franklin, D’Angelo, Lalah Hathaway, John Legend and Common and Israel and New Breed and Morgan Heritage also won Grammys but R&B favorite Jazmine Sullivan was shut out despite three nominations.

Adele sang “All I Ask,” co-written by Bruno Mars, with a piano behind her. But the audio sounded off and appeared to throw off her performance.

The night also featured touching tributes: The Eagles’ Glenn Frey and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire were honored by their longtime friends, while Rihanna pulled out of the awards show.

Stevie Wonder, joined with Grammy-winning a capella group Pentatonix, sang “That’s the Way of the World” in honor of White, while members of the Eagles and Jackson Browne sang “Take It Easy” for Frey at the Staples Center.

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