Standing in front of an American flag backdrop, Lamar ran through several songs from his DAMN. album, including “XXX” and “DNA,” alongside a group of dancers clad in army uniforms. Between songs, Chappelle, 44, took the stage to talk politics, saying, “I just wanted 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.”
Several celebrities took to Twitter immediately after the performance to praise Lamar. “Only @KendrickLamar can open the #GRAMMYs like that. And then win one,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted, referring to the MC’s win for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Loyalty,” his collaboration with Rihanna. “Congratulations. Oh my God you are so talented.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 29, 2018
Today show cohost Tamron Hall tweeted, “‘Rumble young man Rumble.’ #KendrickLamar powerful open to #grammys. @U2 @DaveChappelle pure chills. CHILLS!!!” Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei simply wrote, “TWO WORDS… KENDRICK LAMAR.”
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) January 29, 2018
TWO WORDS… KENDRICK LAMAR
— Normani (@NormaniKordei) January 29, 2018
Kendrick is iconic.
— Lena Waithe (@LenaWaithe) January 29, 2018
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