This year’s 60th annual Grammy Awards may already have the single greatest hip-hop presence of any year in the show’s long history. Adding to a lineup already beaming with rap superstardom, today it was announced that Kendrick Lamar will be one of the Grammy’s flagship guests for 2018.
Kung-Fu Kenny, a seven-time Grammy winner with a staggering seven nominations this year (the second most across all genres), has been tapped to write and perform the show’s opening number.
The Grammys have often made bold statements with their first performance, such as in 2014, when Beyoncé and JAY-Z‘s show-opener was one of the night’s biggest stories. Coincidentally, that’s a distinction the power couple happen to share with Lamar for his breakout cross-genre crossover performance with Imagine Dragons.
Kendrick’s Grammy performance announcement comes the same day as U2‘s, but no word as to whether they’ll be performing either of their two collaborations onstage. Also performing on the hip-hop side of things this year are Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, Logic, Khalid, Alessia Cara and SZA. The Grammys air live Sunday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. central.
– Speaking of Kendrick, word on the street is that he’s eying a new publishing deal.
– And in further Grammy news, both Dr. Dre and Public Enemy are being added to the Grammys Hall of Fame.
– Diddy has donated 200K to Ugandan maternity hospitals, so maybe he’s not such a Bad Boy after all.
– Proving he also can’t say no to new videos, here’s a new Juicy J clip.
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