Kendrick Lamar, Bono, and the Edge (with a little help from Dave Chappelle) kicked off the 60th Grammy Awards Sunday night with an explosive joint performance of “XXX,” off Lamar’s critically acclaimed 2017 record, DAMN. Lamar followed it up with “King’s Dead,” a Jay Rock cut off the upcoming Black Panther soundtrack, which Lamar himself curated.
Chappelle, playing the part of Greek chorus, chimed in between songs: “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America,” he said. “Rumble young man, rumble.”
Lamar won five awards at the 2018 ceremony, taking home statues for Best Rap Album (HUMBLE.), Best Rap/Sung Performance (“LOYALTY.”), Best Rap Performance (“HUMBLE.”), Best Rap Song (“HUMBLE.”), and Best Music Video (“HUMBLE.”). He is also up for Album of the Year for DAMN. Lamar last performed at the Grammys in 2016, where he appeared in a prisoner uniform and chains, then rapped in front of a towering bonfire for To Pimp a Butterfly cuts “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright.”
Lamar will be staying busy in 2018. He’s set to embark on a European tour in February, and his Black Panther album drops Feb. 9. “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Lamar said in a statement. “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”