Kendrick Lamar took the Grammys stage by storm on Sunday evening with Imagine Dragons, performing a mashup of the band's "Radioactive" with "M.A.A.D City" from his album, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City," which was nominated for the Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.
Lamar was nominated for five other awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for "Swimming Pools" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Now or Never." Lamar is a first-time nominee at this year's Grammy Awards.
Lamar's debut studio album, which ranked No. 2 on the Billboard 200, has earned him extensive critical acclaim. Considered to be one of the most talented rappers currently in the game, Lamar was crowned GQ's Rapper of the Year. His verse on Big Sean's "Control," was arguably the most significant of the year, calling out the demise of his peers and today's hottest rising emcees, spurring response track after response track for weeks.
Other performances at the 56th annual Grammy Awards included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Lorde, Katy Perry and John Legend.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards were hosted by LL Cool J in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. For the full Grammys coverage, check out the live blog below:
call your relatives on the west coast and tell them it's not worth it #grammys— Kia Makarechi (@Kia_Mak) 4 years ago
"Random Access Memories" was named Album of the Year, the fifth total Grammy Award Daft Punk won on Sunday night.
Guys, it happened. I met Beyonce. And she is an angel. And I am not worthy. And I will never stop shaking. #PatheticFanGirlOfTheYear— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) 4 years ago
Beyonce lays her eyes on Pharrell's hat, reacts accordingly #Grammys http://t.co/6LlaZFKN1N— BuzzFeedEntmnt (@BuzzFeedEnt) 1 year ago
GAY WEDDINGS AT GRAMMYS— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) 5 years ago
Kacey Musgraves is what Sandra Bullock would look like as a country star #Grammys— Nathaniel Rogers (@nathanielr) 6 years ago
And now, with the evening's 57,000th piano recital...— Jody Rosen (@jodyrosen) 4 years ago
Me right now scrolling through my newsfeed not watching the Grammys http://t.co/ohvq4xwD7J— Renee Jacques (@reneejacques) 4 years ago
"If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me." Camera cuts to NOBODY IN HIP HOP UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) 2 years ago
The performance was taken to another level with the addition of Madonna, who lent her vocals to the "Heist" track by transitioning into a rendition of "Open Your Heart." Hours before the show, news leaked that Macklemore and Madonna's performance would host the marriage ceremonies of 33 couples, to be officiated by Queen Latifah.
Uh, I was under the impression that Queen Latifah's title was purely ceremonial?— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) 4 years ago
This song may not appeal to coastal liberals, but it probably changed a few minds among its target audience.— V.F. HOLLYWOOD (@vfhollywood) 3 years ago
I love how Daft Punk was just sitting in the audience like everyone else. It's like seeing Optimus Prime sitting next to Sting.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) 4 years ago
"Get Lucky" had a big night. More here.
Does it bother anyone else that Lorde is not pronounced "Lord-ee"? It has really always bugged me— Stephanie Marcus (@stephaniemarcus) 4 years ago
"Get Lucky" wins Record of the Year, meaning two robots have to accept a Grammy.
"These guys didn't age well," - Ozzy— Dan Reilly (@danreilly11) 6 years ago
Will they also televise the Metallica therapy session that follows this performance?— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) 4 years ago
And Jared Leto finds a way to tie his Oscar-nominated performance as a trans woman to the memory of Lou Reed.— V.F. HOLLYWOOD (@vfhollywood) 3 years ago
Bey watching the Grammys: She's just like you! http://t.co/T8xIdQDOXv— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) 5 years ago
Wow! Lorde is our ruler now.
Everything was great about that Carole King and Sara Bareilles performance. More here.
Cut to Katy Perry. Cut to Katy Perry. #Grammys— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) 5 years ago
Beyonce and Yoko dancing to Daft Punk is endless happiness.— Madeline Boardman (@ml_boardman) 4 years ago