On Monday, both conscious hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar (pictured) and Benin singer Angelique Kidjo came out on top at the 2016 58th Grammy’s.
After winning his fifth Grammy in one night, West Coast rapper Lamar would win in the “Best Rap Album” category for album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
Watch Lamar accept his award here:
What was the most memorable performance of the night, though, — hands down — was Lamar’s mash up of hit songs “Alright” and “The Blacker the Berry,” where he began his set in chains.
A chain gang served as his backdrop (pictured) as he rhymed about recent painful times for Black America, including slain teen Trayvon Martin’s murder. Consequently, Lamar rapped, “On February 26th, I lost my life too.”
Historically, chain gangs (pictured) were primarily used after the Civil War era in the United States. At the time, predominately Black inmates in the South were chained together and forced to work on public works for free.
Not long after this powerful display, Lamar had a number of African dancers join him onstage, showing the unbreakable link between Africans and African Americans as the previously chained men danced alongside the dancers.
The thought-provoking act ended with Lamar standing before the continent of Africa, with his hometown city of Compton written on the continent.
Watch Kendrick Lamar’s unforgettable performance here:
Angelique Wins Again
For the Grammy’s “Best World Music Album” category, Kidjo won against Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Zomba Prison Project.
With her signature sound of merging African song writing and beats with European classical music, the “Angelique Kidjo SINGS with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg” album. released last March, won top honors during the awards show.
After receiving her award, Kidjo said, “I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the traditional musicians in Africa, in my country, to all the young generation.
“Africa is positive. Africa is joyful. Let’s get together and be one through music and say no to hate and violence through music.”
Watch an energetic Kidjo receive her award here:
This is Kidjo’s second consecutive win for this category.