Kendrick Lamar: The political performer we need

The day Kendrick Lamar ceases to outdo himself is the day he stops performing-and thankfully, today was not that day.

“I thought it was about the accolades and the cars and the clothes”, Lamar said on accepting the rap album Grammy, “but it’s really about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener, for the next generation”. They will be joined on stage by a group of suicide attempt and loss survivors, which should make for emotional viewing.

The stage soon became chaotic, with the soldiers crowding around Lamar in a furious marching dance.

“I am honored to win an award, finally, and I wanted to thank everyone at Netflix, at ‘Saturday Night Live, ‘ at ‘The Chappelle Show, ‘” he said.

Lamar then concluded his six-minute performance, receiving a standing ovation and much praise online from celebrities.

Another bang was heard and Chappelle appeared briefly again.

The Weeknd, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, LCD Soundsystem, Portugal the Man and Shakira also won early awards.

Following the performance, Grammys host Corben walked through the crowd to dish on the acts set to perform tonight.

The night also saw performances from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Pink and Patti LuPone, who sang Evita’s Don’t Cry For Me Argentina as part of a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Kendrick Lamar and U2 opened the Grammys with an electric performance that was interrupted by comedian Dave Chapelle.

At today’s afternoon ceremony at Madison Square Garden in NY, the Compton rapper won three, all for his track “Humble”: rap performance, rap song and music video.

The actor turned rapper turned singer gave a memorable performance at this year’s Grammys with a song from his latest album called “Awaken, My Love”. His work swept the rap categories, the prime factor in the night’s most-nominated artist, Jay-Z, winning nothing.

“Finesse” is one of the most enjoyable songs to hit the airwaves in months, and when Bruno and Cardi took the stage together at MSG, it was basically the visual equivalent of sucking down three Pixy Stix and hopping into a plastic ball pit – sweaty, colorful and insane fun. “Are we gonna keep talking about it or are we gonna take action?”

Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna accepting the Grammy for Best Rap  Sung Performance