NEW YORK (CBSLA) — Kendrick Lamar has opened the 60th Grammy Awards with a performance of “XXX” from his album “DAMN.” An image of an American flag flickered behind him and an army of dancers accompanied him onstage.READ MORE: VA Provides Veterans Experiencing Homelessness With Showers, Meals At Mini Tent City
Host James Corden said on the red carpet before the show that viewers could expect “the most unique and bold opening you could ever imagine.”
U2’s Bono and The Edge joined Lamar on stage before the rapper transitioned into “DNA.”
Lamar finished his performance with a verse off fellow Top Dawg Entertainment alum Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead,” a version of which will be featured on the upcoming “Black Panther” soundtrack.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Extends Drought Emergency Declaration Statewide
Lamar also won three Grammy Awards before Sunday’s ceremony began, and the first televised award of the night Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna, who was on stage with Lamar to accept the trophy.
The Compton native also won for Best Rap Album, bringing his Grammy total to 12.
Lamar has delivered stellar performances on the Grammy stage before. He stunned in 2016 with a medley from his celebrated album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The rapper performed “The Blacker the Berry” as he led what looked like a chain gang, his band members performing from jail cells. He finished with the rallying “Alright,” standing in front of a map of Africa emblazoned with the word “Compton.”
Lamar also shared the Grammy stage with Imagine Dragons in 2014.MORE NEWS: New Parking Structure Opens At LAX
(TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)