Coronavirus

Trevor Noah: 'Kendrick Is What Kanye Would Have Been If the Kardashians Didn't Get to Him'

Kendrick Lamar
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 58th Annual Grammy music Awards in Los Angeles Feb. 15, 2016. 

Kendrick Lamar was widely praised on social media for his provocative, politically charged Grammys performance. Trevor Noah took to Twitter to compliment the rapper -- and took a dig at Kanye West in the process.

Grammys 2016: All Our Coverage

"Kendrick is what Kanye would have been if the Kardashians didn't get him," joked the Daily Show host.

For his performance, Lamar walked onstage as part of a chain gang while his band performed inside jail cells for his song "The Blacker the Berry." He transitioned into "Alright" in front of a giant bonfire before debuting a new song about "modern-day slavery" and ending his performance with a map of Africa behind him with "Compton" written across it.

Kendrick Lamar Performs 'The Blacker the Berry' In Chains & Lights Up Stage With 'Alright' at the 2016 Grammys

Noah also said, "Those white people in the audience looked terrified. Right now they wish Beyonce was on stage." Noah was referring to critics of Beyonce's "Formation" single and Super Bowl performance. These critics were recently mocked in Saturday Night Live's "The Day Beyonce Turned Black" sketch.

Lamar was nominated for 11 Grammys and won five, including best rap album (To Pimp a Butterfly), best rap performance and best rap song ("Alright") and best rap/sung collaboration ("These Walls").

 

2016 Grammys

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.