Grammys: Kendrick Lamar Gets Standing Ovation for Politically Charged Prison Performance


After winning big early at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar received a standing ovation after delivering a jazzy rendition of his song “The Blacker The Berry” before a prison backdrop.

“I’m African-American, I’m African,” he rapped after entering the stage with a number of black dancers, who were all wearing prison outfits and donning chains. “I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village, pardon my residence, came from the bottom of mankind, my hair is nappy, my d–k is big, my nose is round and wide, you hate me don’t you?”

He added: “You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture.”

Lamar and the dancers eventually removed their chains, revealing glow-in-the-dark paint over their prison outfits.

The performance inspired standing ovation inside Nokia Theatre.

Lamar was also the lyrical mastermind behind President Obama’s favorite song of 2015 “How Much a Dollar Cost” from Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

Watch Lamar’s Grammys performance below:


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