Kendrick Lamar pushes JAY-Z for president in Best Rap Album Grammy speech
After winning the award for Best Rap Album at the Grammys on Sunday, rapper Kendrick Lamar thanked a few of his mentors, including Puff Daddy, Nas, and JAY-Z, who he beat in the category.
At one point, Lamar shouted, “Jay for president,” a likely reference to Hov’s earlier comments about President Donald Trump reportedly referring to Haiti and African nations as “s—hole countries.”
“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger, it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people, and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” said JAY-Z in a CNN interview with Van Jones on Saturday.
JAY-Z also called Trump a “superbug” representative of the larger problem of racism in America.
It was the fourth Grammy win of the evening for Lamar. In the pre-broadcast, he took home statues for Best Rap Performance (“HUMBLE.”), Best Rap Song (“HUMBLE.”), and Best Music Video (“HUMBLE.”). He is also up for Album of the Year for DAMN., and opened this year’s ceremony with a performance of “XXX.”
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.”
See the complete list of winners at the 2018 Grammy Awards here.