Awards Show

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With 11 nominations, Compton, Calif., rapper Kendrick Lamar went into Music’s Biggest Night as the most nominated artist since Michael Jackson and Babyface each scored 12 for 1983 and 1996, respectively. He took five GRAMMYs, including Best Rap Album for To Pimp A Butterfly, and Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Alright.”

Lamar’s performance of “The Blacker The Berry” and “Alright,” songs that became unofficial soundtracks for the Black Lives Matter movement, infused the GRAMMYs with the kind of social immediacy at which it excels, whether it’s championing marriage equality or honoring late musical icons such as Whitney Houston.

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