In case you’ve been hibernating and are unaware, a television program and fairly memeable music event experience called the 60th Annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday, January 28, 2018. There were both fire fits and WTF wardrobe moments as was to be expected, but no one could have predicted that Kendrick Lamar would high-key, without a doubt be the star of the show.
Before the main event commenced, Kung Fu Kenny had already cleaned up with three awards – Best Music Video, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance – all for his 2017 audiovisual jawdropper “HUMBLE.” He then proceeded to get the Grammys going with an opening performance featuring a medley of “XXX” (with the help of U2, no less) and “DNA.” from DAMN, as well as his latest track “King’s Dead.” He had the legendary Dave Chapelle interrupt him with some amazing meta commentary during his electrifying, politically-charged performance.
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As we previously discussed and as you can see above, Kendrick Lamar made some smart sartorial decisions last night. He rocked a Raf Simons S/S ’02 hoodie with A/W ’05 bottoms and topped off the look with a Craig Green S/S ’15 jacket during the performance of the evening that lit up the Twitterverse.
Rap Album of the Year was a pretty tight race in 2018. Kung Fu Kenny was up against JAY-Z’s comeback extraordinaire 4:44, Tyler, the Creator’s groundbreaking Flower Boy, Migos’ banger-filled Culture, and Rapsody’s criminally underrated Laila’s Wisdom. However, Kendrick Lamar came through with a major W – his second Best Rap Album win for DAMN. (his first was for 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly, of course). Dave Chappelle presented him with the award, and Lamar’s speech was downright inspiring – from his opening proclamation of “Hip-hop man” to sending his props to Diddy and JAY-Z (“JAY for President!”).
In case you missed it, here’s Rihanna and Kendrick, post “LOYALTY.” win reminding us all that we are not worthy of their collab.
And we won’t forget their incredible acceptance speech anytime soon – most notably when Kung Fu Kenny says of Rihanna’s “LOYALTY.” performance, “she came through and gassed me on that record, gassed me on my own song.”
Kenny also managed to spend some time with JAY-Z, who was nominated for a whopping eight awards but didn’t take any home. No matter, he’s on to bigger and better things, if Kendrick Lamar’s ringing endorsement of JAY-Z aka HOVPOTUS for President in 2020 is any indication of his future endeavours.
When Bruno Mars won album of the year… Some said Kendrick was robbed.
In all though, Kendrick Lamar absolutely smashed it at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, taking home five out of the seven awards he was nominated for – Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video and Best Rap Performance for “HUMBLE.” and Best Rap / Sung Collaboration for “LOYALTY” with Rihanna – all while looking incredible and living his truth. Not too shabby, Kung Fu Kenny!
In other Grammy news, check out all the 60th Annual Grammy Award winners right here.
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