By Yesenia Urena
Kendrick Lamar, the 28-year-old rapper and songwriter from Compton, California, dominated the 58th annual Grammy Music Awards. Kendrick did more than just steal the show with his politically charged performance of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright”, in a prison suit shackled in chains. He was also one of the nights’ biggest winners.
Kendrick’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly” earned him eleven Grammy nominations, leading all nominees. Though, he did not take the biggest Grammy, Album of the Year, he did go home with five wins. Running against some of the greatest, Dr. Dre, J.Cole, and Drake, Kendrick takes home the Best Rap Album. His other wins were,
Best Rap Song for “Alright”, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “These Walls” feat. Bilal, Anna Wise and Thundercat, Best Rap Performance for “Alright”. Also, winning Best Music Video with Taylor Swift for “Bad Blood”, doubling his 2014 wins.
There’s no doubt that 2016 has been a great year not only for Kendrick. From meeting with President Obama, to leading all Grammy nominees, and now about to receive the key to Compton, he’s making changes through his music, through hip-hop. Kendrick is paving new paths with his music. He’s proving the power of hip-hop.
In words of Kendrick Lamar, “Hip-Hop…We will live forever.”