Kendrick Lamar “The Blacker The Berry” Grammys Video: Watch “Alright” Grammy Awards Performance Here!
Kendrick Lamar performed “The Blacker The Berry” and “Alright” at the 2016 Grammys on Monday. Check out the video below.
The performance began with Lamar walking out of a jail cell in chains before he launched into “The Blacker The Berry.” He was surrounded by other prisoners, and they all broke out of their chains. The next portion took Lamar to a bonfire in a tribal setting as he performed “Be Alright.” After, Lamar continued under a single spotlight, with a bruise clearly visible on his left eye, with the camera doing quick cuts to match the increasingly fast-pace of the song.
Prior to the event, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich told Billboard, “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.”
Asked if people might be offended, Ehrlich said, “I suspect there will be a portion of the audience that… I don’t know that I’d use the work ‘offended,’ but certainly will be provoked by it.” He did stress that the Recording Academy wasn’t endorsing Lamar’s viewpoint by featuring his performance. “That’s a very important difference. It’s not necessarily that we endorse what’s being said, but we believe that it’s our right and responsibility to allow artists to express their visions,” he said.
Lamar went into tonight’s 58th annual Grammy Awards as the ceremony’s most nominated artist. He received 11 nods, including Album of the Year for To Pimp A Butterfly and Song of the Year for “Alright,” but unfortunately, the rapper lost those honors to Taylor Swift’s 1989, and Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge’s “Thinking Out Loud,” respectively. Lamar did, however, win Grammys for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, both for “Alright,” as well as Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “These Walls.” Lamar also won Best Music Video, alongside Swift, for his collaboration on “Bad Blood.” Check out Lamar’s performance here.