January 29, 2018
Star singer Kendrick Lamar gave a politically charged
performance to kickstart the 60th Grammy Awards here, as he took the stage in
front of an American flag and with men dressed in military uniform.
Lamar, one of the leading nominees of the Grammys this year, performed "XXX", his collaboration with U2. He was joined by Bono and the Edge on stage on Sunday before comedian Dave Chappelle came in.
"I just want to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America," Chappelle quipped, and later asked if the performance was "on cable".
When Lamar returned to the stage, the screen behind read: "This is a satire by Kendrick Lamar."
He then performed "DNA" with the 'soldiers' matching steps to the beats. The fiery performance ended with dancers in red hoodies falling amid the sound of gunshots, as Lamar rapped lyrics, and a ball of fire burst.
Among his early wins out of his seven nominations, Lamar won Best Rap Album for "Damn", Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for "Winner", as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Loyalty" featuring Rihanna.