Rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose real name is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, was the standout artist on Monday night Grammy Awards, his performance Monday night had black twitter gasping for breath behind his thought-provoking/passionate performance. Later in the show, the rapper went on to win the Best Rap Album, and the first thing he said was, “All Glory to God,” and the audience responded with a standing ovation.
“First off all glory to God, that’s for sure,” the rapper told the audience, who responded with a standing ovation.
“My foundation, my root to me being on this stage, Kenneth Duckworth and Paula Duckworth, those who gave me the responsibility of knowing and understanding, accepting the good with the bad […] I’ll always love you for that,” Lamar said when thanking his parents.
“Whitney, I will always love you for supporting me and keeping me motivated, and for being the best person,” the rapper said about his wife.
Lamar’s acceptance speech caught the attention of the White House who sent out a congrats tweet after the rapper won Rap Album of the Year.
“Shoutout to @KendrickLamar and all the artists at the #Grammys working to build a brighter future. #MyBrothersKeeper.”
Lamar’s first major label album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, opens with the Sinner’s Prayer.
The album follows a narrative structure that ends with him and his friends praying the prayer after losing a friend to gang violence. They meet a woman (played by none other than Maya Angelou) who offers to lead them in the prayer. At the very end, Lamar leaves his lifestyle and pursues Christ.
Lamar was asked previously about how some of his songs are religious in nature, he said,
I wouldn’t say I’m the most religious person, neither were both of my parents. I always do quote-unquote religious songs or whatever you want to call them from the standpoint where I’m trying to find answers. . . . I’m a sinner and I’m trying to figure myself out.
He went on to say it’s all about your relationship with God–minus all that other stuff:
Believe in God, it’s only one God. Believe in one God, and do right. Try your best to do right, we ain’t perfect. Just do that and everything will be straight.
Check out Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy acceptance speech: