The 31-year-old singer, who is nominated for two awards, Pop Vocal Album for Joanne and Pop Solo Performance for "Million Reasons", stepped out to the red carpet at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday in an all-black ensemble fit for a fashion queen.
The rapper was joined by U2's Bono and The Edge, along with comedian Dave Chappelle, for medley of his songs that included "XXX" and "King's Dead". Near the end of his performance during a rapid-fire verse, a sounds of gunshot fired and each of his dancers dropped to the floor in succession.
Minutes later, Lamar and Rihanna won the first award of the night: Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Loyalty".
Taking the stage with RiRi by his side, Kendrick gave thanks for her support, while also letting the world know she more than handled her business on the track. "She came through and gassed me on my that record-gassed me up on my own song and whatnot, man, so this really belongs to her, real talk".
Lamar and Bruno Mars were among the early winners at the Grammy Awards.
Mars swept up awards for best R&B performance, best R&B song and best R&B album.
Three artists who performed at a country music festival that became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history honoured those music fans lost at deadly concert attacks with a tearful performance at the Grammy Awards.
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