“This is for Hip-Hop, This is for Ice Cube. This is for Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggy Style. This is for Illmatic and Nas, We will live forever, believe that!”
– Kendrick Lamar 2016 Grammy awards
The night belonged to Hip Hop with Kendrick Lamar delivering a powerful, African tribal, chain-breaking, and politically charged performance of the the epic track ‘The Blacker the Berry’ tribute to the teenager Trayvon Martin. Rumoured to have been officially censored, his stage presentation was one of the most controversial and powerful performances ever seen at this prestigious award ceremony and carried a strong message and tribute for the teenager Trayvon Martin.
Kendrick was nominated for an outstanding 11 awards and took home 5 golden trophies, including the Grammy for Best Rap Album ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ from presenter Ice Cube.
The White House ( President Obama) also congratulated his favourite Rap artiste Kendrick on his achievement via Twitter.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 16, 2016
The 58th Annual Grammy awards paid tribute and honoured selected Hip Hop Royalty and RnB Gliteratti, including the legendary Lionel Richie, who was presented with the ‘Music Cares’ person of the year award. A tribute performance medley was delivered by a diverse all-star collaboration with John Legend and songstress Demi Lovato who provided a medley of hits from the Commodores ‘Easy’, and ‘Hello’ Richie then joined the enthusiastic singers for a rousing performance of ‘All Night Long’ got the audience up on their feet.
Following a comedic introduction from his “Love Me Harder” collaborator Ariana Grande, The Weeknd brought his acclaimed talents to the stage
Hip Hop Legend Rev Run from RUN DMC also received his first ever Grammy award, with RUN DMC being a recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
I’m so honored to be a #GRAMMYs Lifetime Achievement Award recipient this year. Thank you to the Recording Academy!
— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) January 13, 2016
Stevie Wonder accompanied his Accapella group Pentatonix on stage and included a tribute to the esteemed Maurice White founder of Earth Wind and Fire who sadly passed away earlier this year.
The rumors were true, and Miguel was invited to perform a special tribute to Michael Jackson at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
The award ceremonies do not know where to place RnB, and Hip Hop, with numerous International artistes overlooked, the talented Kendrick has broken down the barrier and paid a fitting nod to previous Hip Hop Legends and artistes with his acceptance speech.
2016 Grammy Winners:
Best R&B Performance: “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” the Weeknd
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Little Ghetto Boy,” Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song: “Really Love,” D’Angelo and Kendra Foster
Best R&B Album: Black Messiah, D’Angelo and the Vanguard
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Beauty Behind the Madness, the Weeknd
Best Rap Performance: “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Song: “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat
Best Rap Album:To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
Best Gospel Song/Performance: “Wanna Be Happy,” Kirk Franklin
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Glory,” performed by Common and John Legend
Congratulations to all the winners at this years 2016 Grammy Awards from all at DeeperTheBeats HQ