Kendrick Lamar rocked the 2016 Grammys Awards with his controversial performance of ‘The Blacker The Berry’ and ‘Alright’ and we loved it! In case you missed it, his performance from inside a jail cell has people either loving it or totally hating on it!
Kendrick Lamar has just proven once again why he’s one of the greatest rappers alive. The 28-year-old rapper had just won Best Rap Album for, To Pimp A Butterfly, when he took the stage for his epic performance and it was exactly what the show needed. It was about the racism in American and the Black Lives Matter movement, it was his moment to use his platform to spread a message of inclusion and we felt like it was very necessary.
There were flames, a jail cell and even glow in the dark shirts during Kendrick’s performance. It was nothing short of over-the-top and we loved it. 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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