Watch Kendrick Lamar Open The Grammys With U2 & Dave Chappelle

Watch Kendrick Lamar Open The Grammys With U2 & Dave Chappelle”

"This is for the fans".

Kendrick Lamar took the Grammy Awards by storm on Sunday, winning five early awards and opening the show with a politically charged performance that brought the audience to its feet.

"This is special man".

The Grammys, taking place in NY after 15 years in Los Angeles, marked the first time that hip-hop has dominated the nominations after years of uneven recognition for the genre.

"Jay for president", Lamar said in his acceptance speech.

Kendrick Lamar launched this year's ceremony onstage amidst a group of men dressed as soldiers in front of the image of a large, billowing American flag while performing the track, "XXX". He can win awards, he can make popular music.

Kendrick Lamar's GRAMMY performance can be summed up by his album title: DAMN.

Inside the venue, pop singer Kesha, who has been battling her former record producer Dr. Luke for years in USA courts over allegations of emotional and sexual abuse, is to perform her defiant single "Praying". "It's not just going on in Hollywood". The names of the victims were displayed behind them as they performed.

The opening bars of Kendrick Lamar's performance - against a backdrop of the United States flag and marching troops, sets the tone for a politically-charged, purposely dark opening number.

The rapper thanked Rihanna, who appeared on stage with him.

And at last, the new Artist nominees are Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA.

Awards were also posthumously given to Leonard Cohen, for best rock performance, and Carrie Fisher, for best spoken word album with her reading of her memoir The Princess Diarist.

"Other contenders for Album of the Year were "'Awaken, My Love!'", the psychedelic, R&B-infused album by Childish Gambino, the rap alter ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover, and "Melodrama" by 21-year-old New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde, the only woman in the category. The song is also noteworthy for featuring U2.

The Weeknd, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Reba McEntire, LCD Soundsystem, Portugal the Man and Shakira also won early awards. His "Chappelle's Show" was nominated for three Emmys in 2004 but won none.

"I am honored to win an award (finally)", said Chappelle.

Chappelle beat Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Jim Gaffigan. Double winners included Jason Isbell, Justin Hurwitz and CeCe Winans.

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