The 2018 Grammy Awards, the 60th edition of the ceremony, aired Sunday night. The festivities were kicked off with a performance by Kendrick Lamar, rapping his songs “XXX” and “DNA.” He was joined on-stage by Dave Chappelle, who, near the end, had a message for the viewers that buoyed Lamar’s performance: “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America.”
From that early note in the evening, Lamar dominated the rap conversation at the Grammys. He was nominated for each of the four rap categories this year. And despite worthy competition, Kendrick Lamar won all four rap categories.
Best Rap Performance went to Lamar for “HUMBLE.” Many thought Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” could make waves in this category, but it wasn’t meant to be. For Best Rap/Sung Performance, Lamar won for “LOYALTY.” featuring Rihanna. He topped the likes of Jay-Z and SZA. Best Rap Song was a loaded category. Lamar won for “HUMBLE.”, though in this category, the group of writers are the real winners. The writers for “HUMBLE.” are credited as Duckworth, Asheton Hogan, and M. Williams II.
The final rap category of the 60th Grammy awards was Best Rap Album. Lamar went up against Jay-Z, Migos, Rapsody, and Tyler, the Creator. Kendrick Lamar won for DAMN., completing the four-category sweep.
Of course, it wasn’t all success for Lamar this year. He did lose a number of non-rap categories. He was nominated for both Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Both of those top categories went to Bruno Mars for his 24K Magic. Even still, from beginning to end, talk was about Kendrick Lamar and his rap game.