Kendrick Lamar rocked the Grammy stage Monday night when he performed songs off his beloved 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly, which won Rap Album of the Year earlier in the ceremony. It’s also nominated for Album of the Year.
Lamar appeared on stage in chains to perform “Blacker The Berry” as his band and backup dancers performed in cages surrounding him. They all wore glow-in-the-dark paint that lit up when the stage darkened. He then transitioned into “Alright,” which won Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song before the show. He rapped the track in front of a bonfire on stage while an outline of Africa with “Compton” written inside displayed behind him.
He ended his performance with a new track, which received a standing ovation from the audience.
Lamar had a massive night at the STAPLES Center: he was nominated 11 times. “I want all of them,” Lamar said in December. “Because it’s not only a statement for myself, but it’s a statement for the culture. They’re all important, because of the foundation the forefathers laid before me. Nas didn’t get a chance to be in that position. [Tupac]. So to be acknowledged and to actually win, it’s for all of them.”
See the full list of Monday night’s Grammy winners here.