Kendrick Lamar just killed his opening performance at the Grammys, and the Internet can barely contain themselves. The rapper, who is nominated for seven Grammy Awards, delivered a visually stimulating performance that touched on our current political and social climate.
The performance opened with Kendrick surrounded by an army of decorated soldiers in front of a backdrop of the American flag. As Kendrick delivered his single, “XXX” featuring U2, the soldiers synchronized dance moves. Dave Chappelle served as a narrator, who added short, comical blurbs, which led to Lamar performing his his hit single, “DNA.” with a live drummer. The performance concluded with a number of dancers dressed in red outfits, symbolically being shot down, one by one.
The Internet has a lot of thoughts about this performance. Many of them are still trying to pick their jaws up off the floor. Check them out below!
Kendrick Lamar performance at the Grammys 2018 pic.twitter.com/aPDhzwjEjj— DancehallHipHop (@DHHofficial) January 29, 2018
Kendrick’s literally the Goat #GRAMMYs— ⚜️LORD FLACKO♠️ (@V_Siryon) January 29, 2018
kendrick lamar is a national treasure.— el-p (@therealelp) January 29, 2018
TWO WORDS... KENDRICK LAMAR— Normani (@NormaniKordei) January 29, 2018
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