West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar‘s profile is guaranteed to flourish whether or not he wins a trophy at next month’s Grammy Awards after announcing he will be one of the ceremony’s limited performers.
Kendrick jumped onto his Twitter page to break the news to his 2.9 million followers.
“Jan. 26, 8pm. I’m performing @TheGRAMMYs on @CBSTweet #GRAMMYs,” Lamar tweeted December 19. (Kendrick Lamar’s Twitter)
Asked for his reaction to landing handfuls of Grammy nominations over the weekend, K. Dot used the opportunity to thank various outlets.
“It feels great. I got some of the best fans, some of the best family, the best radio stations supporting me, and that’s who I owe it to at the end of the day. I need that love [to win]. That album is a really raw album, it’s not too much crossover. So for them to even put it in that light, that’s a win by itself. So if I take it home that’s even more of a crazy feeling.” (Power 106 FM)
Recently, Cash Money’s Busta Rhymes spoke on Kendrick picking up so many nominations.
“I’m happy for Kendrick. I really believe he deserves his seven nominations, man. I’m happy for Jay Z. I think he deserves his nine nominations. I think Drake should have got more nominations and I think Kanye should have got more nominations because, I think especially Kanye, he made a brave album. I’m a fan of the dude. I think he could really rap. I just think that overall, the nominations for the Grammys was powerful.” (“The Rickey Smiley Show”)
West Coast rapper Game fully rode behind Kendrick’s buzz-stealing nominations dominance when asked for a reaction last week.
Compton’s own Game was psyched for his hometown kid made good also. “Man I’m so proud of that dude,” Game said. “That’s my little homie. It’s just good to see him getting his just do. He deserves everything he’s getting. Congrats to Kendrick for everything, it’s beautiful. And welcome to the Million Dollar Club.” (MTV)
Although rap mogul Jay Z leads all nominees, Lamar does not trail far behind with seven nods.
Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations. Macklemore and Lewis’ gay marriage anthem ”Same Love” was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven. (Boston)
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