Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna Win Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 2018 Grammys
Before presenting the Grammy Award for best rap/sung performance -- one that included first-time nominees 6LACK, GoldLink, Brent Faiyaz, Shy Glizzy & SZA, no less -- presenters Tony Bennett and John Legend took a moment to bring everyone to a standstill with something completely out of left field: an a capella rendition of "New York, New York."
Once the crowd picked its collective jaw up from the floor, it was on to the nominees, the first televised showdown between the two top-nominated rappers of the evening: Kendrick Lamar, for "LOYALTY" feat. Rihanna, and JAY-Z, for "Family Feud" feat. Beyoncé. And after Lamar won three of their head-to-head matchups already in the evening, and opened the awards with a stunning medley, he also topped Jay by winning the first televised honor of the night.
"This is love, I appreciate every single last one of y'all out there," Lamar said, holding the trophy at the microphone before turning to his collaborator, who stood behind him. "Hey Rihanna, what's up? She came through and gassed me on that record, gassed me on my own song, man."
Kendrick and Jay are also up for another honor in the rap field later this evening -- best rap album, for DAMN. and 4:44, respectively -- as well as album of the year and record of the year. Check out Kendrick's speech accepting the award below.