Kendrick Lamar came to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards with 11 nominations, getting close to the record Michael Jackson set back in 1984. Already winning five in Monday’s (Feb. 15) ceremony, the hip hop star took the stage to deliver a fiery performance of three tracks from his album “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
The performance began with Lamar in chains on a prison set and took no time to dive right into “Blacker the Berry.” Accompanied by a live sax player, who was behind bars for the number, Lamar soon transitioned to a tribal rendition of his hit song, “We Gon’ Be Alright.”
Surrounded by African tribal dancers, with a giant bonfire behind him, Lamar put everything he had on the stage with this performance. Covered in sweat, the artist moved back to the previous set and closed the medley with a powerful delivery of “High Power.”
With no frills or special effects, the final track found the camera focusing on Lamar and the power of the song’s lyrics. Once finished, the camera pulled back to show an image of Africa on the screen behind him with the word “Compton” written in bold letters.