Kendrick Lamar took the stage on Feb. 15 with a controversial performance taking on racism in Hollywood. He performed from inside a jail cell with people wearing glow in the dark shirts and in front of flames as he sang, ‘The Blacker The Berry’ and ‘Alright.’
Kendrick Lamar killed it during his performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The rapper, whose album, To Pimp A Butterfly, is nominated for 11 Grammys, very strongly addressed racism in his performance and we thought it was epic.
Kendrick got on stage after winning Best Rap Album and we weren’t surprised, his album was one of the biggest of 2015. We absolutely loved his performance it was so good. The performance was over-the-top but it’s nothing less than what we expected. He rapped several of his hits and it was intense! HollywoodLife.com told you that Kendrick would be doing some sort of a Black Lives Matter performance. “He’s doing a crazy, awesome sort of Black Lives Matter-themed performance where he’s in a jail cell for part of it,” an insider told us. “It’s very elaborate and should have people talking.”
“Controversial… I’m not sure that’s the right word. Certainly it’s provocative,” show producer Ken Ehrlich told Billboard. “One of the things that’s important to us with the show and I think to the Academy is that we encourage artistic freedom and artistic license. Two years ago we had Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform “Same Love” while we married 35 couples of varying genders. That was a pretty good example of the freedom that we encourage artists to exhibit on the show. In this case, Kendrick came to us and said that we live in a time where these issues confront us every day and that it’s important that they be given a public forum, and he would like to use his x number of minutes to create a great performance that is consistent with his this year. It is overtly political and it is overtly provocative, and I think if nothing else it’s going to give people something to think about and talk about.
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