Last year, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch teamed up on “Rockstar” and scored the biggest Hot 100 hit of the summer. On Sunday night (March 14), the hip-hop heavyweights linked up again to perform the smash — with a backing choir, no less — at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, where it’s nominated for record of the year.
Wearing a white suit with gem-encrusted gloves, DaBaby opened the performance flanked by a violinist and Anthony Hamilton, and was backed by a two-stepping choir, which punctuated his bullet-time rhymes with harmonic flourishes.
When Roddy Ricch strolled onstage for his verse, DaBaby turned around and conducted the choir, adding a dramatic flair to one of the most creatively ambitious performances of the telecast.
“Rockstar,” which was featured on DaBaby’s Blame It On Baby album last year, became the Charlotte rapper’s first Hot 100 No. 1 hit and Roddy Ricch’s second, following “The Box.” The track spent seven nonconsecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 and crowned Billboard’s Song of the Summer chart last year.
Along with receiving a nod for record of the year, “Rockstar” is also nominated for best rap song and best melodic rap performance at this year’s Grammys. Meanwhile, Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” is up for song of the year, and will compete against “Rockstar” for best rap song and best melodic rap performance.
Watch the full performance below.