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Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, John Legend, YG, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled Honor Nipsey Hussle At 2020 Grammys
Hours after Nipsey Hussle was posthumously awarded with his first Grammy, the awards ceremony honored him with a heartfelt performance by an all-star roster of John Legend, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Roddy Rich, Kirk Franklin and YG.
Meek Mill began the performance with an emotive, unreleased verse that served as a letter to Nipsey, with Roddy Ricch singing a bridge into a rousing performance of "Higher," the song that appeared on DJ Khaled's album Father of Asahd. John Legend played the piano and sang the chorus while backed by a choir, which was directed by an energetic, adlibbing Kirk Franklin, as a video of Nipsey rapping played on a big screen. YG joined the stage in a red suit, speaking to the gang unity between Crips and Bloods that Nipsey endorsed with his music and his life. The performance ended with an image of Los Angeles legends Nipsey Hussle and and the recently deceased Kobe Bryant, with Khaled paying tribute to them both.
Nipsey Hussle's debut studio album, Victory Lap (2018) came after an epic mixtape earned him a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. He died on March 31, 2019, after being gunned down on in the parking lot of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. The music and business worlds reeled from his loss, with his rap career on the upswing and his work as a businessman and community leader inspiring many.
Before Sunday's (Jan. 26) ceremony, Nipsey Hussle was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for "Racks In The Middle," the last single that he released in his lifetime. The song features a guest appearance by Roddy Ricch, and is produced by Hit-Boy.
With the accomplished rock band Aerosmith earning kudos from The Recording Academy this month at the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala, it's only right that they called on Run-DMC to perform one of the biggest songs of both their respective careers.
After an introduction by Common, Aerosmith began their performance with “Living On The Edge.” Afterward, Run-DMC kicked through a stage wall, and both groups teamed up to perform "Walk This Way," their 1986 hit that helped push rap into the mainstream and peaked at no. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Jam Master Jay's son manned the turntables in the absence of his late father.
Watch the performance below.
Every time Lil Nas X takes the stage, he doesn't disappoint with his live presence and art direction. That was the case for his performance at the Grammys on Sunday (Jan. 26) where he commanded the stage with new additions to his hit track “Old Town Road.” With a fresh verse performed by the man of the hour, Lil Nas X also contracted the guest services of BTS while Diplo to Mason Ramsey to Billy Ray Cyrus’ had their musical input.
The rising star also paid homage to Kobe Bryant by featuring his No. 24 Los Angeles Lakers jersey. As the performance progressed, X switched melodies to perform "Rodeo" with surprise guest Nas.
The 20-year-old is nominated for Best Rap Sung/Performance (“Panini”), Best New Artist, and Album of the Year (7).
Watch the performance below.