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Gypped but not jaded: Kendrick Lamar shines at the 2014 Grammy Awards

The lyrically gifted Kendrick Lamar
The lyrically gifted Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar was the picture of perfection at last night’s 56th annual Grammy Awards. Joined onstage by Las Vegas alternative rock band Imagine Dragons, the Compton native blew the roof off of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. How was the performance? Let’s just say that the building is still smoking!

The performance opened with Imagine Dragons performing an impromptu verse from their hit "Radioactive," and then swiftly transitioned to Kendrick's crowd pleaser, "m.A.A.d city," as the verses from each song skillfully interchanged, the audience gleefully responded as they remained on their feet throughout the entire performance.

One of the evening’s best performances, there has not been a mash up this enthralling since 2004’s funky fusion of Jay-Z’s "Encore" and Linkin Park’s "Numb".

Despite being up for seven well deserved Grammys, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Best Rap Song, the lyrically gifted rapper lost to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in four of those categories including Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

Just nine months after its 2012 release, good kid, m.A.A.d city debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, spawned three Top 40 hits ("Swimming Pools (Drank)", "B***h, Don't Kill My Vibe", and "Poetic Justice"), and was certified Platinum.
To date, the album has sold over 980,000 copies, and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Kendrick Lamar, also known as K-Dot continues to prove himself, and his true fans; as well as, many others, know what he’s capable of. Anticipation for his second album is now higher than ever. He definitely won’t be leaving empty handed next year!

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