While he didn’t walk away with the biggest award of the night, Kendrick Lamar won a total of five Grammy Awards last night (Feb. 15), including Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly. He also was one of the standout stars of the night with his politically charged, call-to-arms performance of “The Blacker The Berry” and “Alright,” which featured the rapper in shackles and concluded with a picture of Africa with Compton marked in the center.
The audience was on its feet by the conclusion of the over-seven minute set, and social media was blazing with reactions to K. Dot’s performance from notable celebrities such as Swizz Beatz, Justin Timberlake, Fabolous, Jidenna, Kobe Bryant and Taraji P. Henson.
I had to charge my phone so I am late but @kendricklamar !!!!!!!!!!!! WOW.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 16, 2016
I was blown away tonight by @kendricklamar and @ladygaga. History. And @Alabama_Shakes is jammin’ as hell. That’s the standard. Inspired.
— Jidenna (@Jidenna) February 16, 2016
YES! @kendricklamar #GRAMMYs killin it #musevibe
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 16, 2016
Sooooooo powerful and moving and on time and TRUTHFUL AND FEARLESS @kendricklamar again so proud!!! #GRAMMYs #WeGonBeAlright 💪🏾
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) February 16, 2016
Congrats @kendricklamar! Impactful & Strong performance
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Dear @kendricklamar 🙂 You’re the best.
— Lianne La Havas (@liannelahavas) February 16, 2016
Shoutout to @KendrickLamar and all the artists at the #Grammys working to build a brighter future. #MyBrothersKeeper https://t.co/XM0KwV3jNB
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 16, 2016
I didn’t. Saw @kendricklamar tho. Beast at his best. 🙌🏿 https://t.co/yH9awxlnaP
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) February 16, 2016
Relive his electrifying performance under the cut.