While Pop stars like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars took home some of the biggest awards at last night’s Grammy Awards, it was Kendrick Lamar who had the biggest night. The Compton rapper won a total of 5 Grammys, including one for Best Rap Album for his platinum second major label album, To Pimp A Butterfly. The album and its creator were universally honored last night as a representation of the impact he has had on the music industry since 2012, finally being felt by the mainstream. Kendrick was appropriately presented the award for Best Rap Album by another Compton Hip Hop icon, N.W.A. founder Ice Cube, who was joined by his son, O’Shea Jackson Jr from the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
Kendrick Lamar Wins Best Rap Album At The 58th Annual Grammy Awards
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 16, 2016
I had to charge my phone so I am late but @kendricklamar !!!!!!!!!!!! WOW.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) February 16, 2016
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 16, 2016
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) February 16, 2016
Since it’s release Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has become one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past year. Billboard, Complex, Consequence Of Sound, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork Media, Rollin Stone, The Guardian, and Vice have all ranked it atop their lists of the Top albums of 2015. As if all that wasn’t enough, Kendrick received one of his biggest boosts via Twitter last night as well. Just as President Obama has done with the majority of his media appearances throughout his presidency, his administration has done the unexpected by Tweeting a shout out to Kendrick Lamar via The White House’s official Twitter account. That tweet was then retweeted by President Obama’s official Twitter account as well.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 16, 2016
This historic tweet is most likely connected to when Kendrick and his crew visited The White House in October. He and President Obama were seen sitting in the Oval Office bonding, and discussing a mentoring program that Kendrick supports that focuses on the importance of mentorship in urban communities. Not much is known about the rapper’s meeting with the president, but since everyone is talking about Kendrick’s shout out, we thought we would look into it. We found a great package put together by Jinx and everyone over at Complex News that was published in January. No matter if it was President Obama, Taylor Swift, or just a fan giving props on his big night, one thing is for sure, congrats are definitely in order! Congratulations once again, Kendrick Lamar! Keep up the good work!
Kendrick Lamar And President Obama Link Up In The White House To Chop It Up https://t.co/9Pz93cnu0e
— Ladams Hyman (@LadamsH) February 3, 2016