Kendrick Lamar shut down the Grammy stage on Monday night, delivering a powerful performance that everyone watching at home unanimously dubbed the moment of the night.
The rapper walked on stage dressed as an inmate in chains while kicking off his performance of "Blacker the Berry," before transitioning into his Grammy-winning track "Alright." His band performed in jail cells, before fires broke out on stage. Lamar ended by singing in front of a giant map of Africa, the word "Compton" written in the center.
In a pre-show interview with Billboard, the show's Ken Ehrlich made it clear they knew this was going to be a special performance -- and one people would be talking about.
"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."
Well, looking at Twitter, they definitely were -- and it was all very positive!
Kendrick just dropped all of the mics. Damn. Damn damn damn.