If you thought Beyonces Formation performance/video was controversial, just wait; Kendrick Lamars performance of The Blacker The Berry & Alright At The 58th GRAMMYs may just take the cake.
Kendrick began the set with The Blacker The Berry as an inmate in a chain gang, a direct reference to disproportionate number of black and brown men in prison. He then transitioned to his single “Alright” in front of a bonfire and tribal African dancers, a reference to his African roots.
He then unleashed a rapid-paced flow before the image of the word Compton, his hometown, is shown over the image of the continent of Africa, symbolically connecting the two previous scenes in a powerful display of todays reality, yesterdays reverence, and the coming together of both.
Lamar was nominated for 11 Grammys for his sophomore LP To Pimp A Butterfly, and at the time of this writing, he has won five.