The 2016 Grammys started out sleepy, with fine but not exactly electrifying performances. Then Kendrick Lamar came up to perform two songs from his Best Rap Album-winning To Pimp a Butterfly. Lights up on Lamar in handcuffs and chains against a jailhouse set. He started in to a bluesy version of "The Blacker the Berry," accompanied by a saxophonist playing from one of the jail cells. He then segued into "Alright," and performed in front of a towering bonfire with drummers and dancers, before he moved away to leave him rapping alone in a spotlight. The standing ovation was deserved. Lamar did what not even a performance from the Hamilton cast could do: wake the Grammys up.
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