Kendrick Lamar opens the 2018 GRAMMYs with a powerful and political performance

DAMN. Kendrick Lamar opened the 2018 GRAMMYs with a powerful and political performance of his hit, "XXX.'"  The rapper featured an army of face-covered soldiers marching in the background of an American flag, that quickly turned into a "satire" taking a jab at the current political climate in the United States. 

Bono joined the rapper for their duet of "XXX" and in the middle of Kendrick's rap, the camera quickly turned off to the side of the stage where Dave Chappelle delivered a powerful statement, telling viewers, "I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America."


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60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar (left, rear, in white shirt) performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar performs a medley. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? Kendrick Lamar (C) performs with U2's The Edge (L) and Bono. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
60th Annual Grammy Awards ? Show ? New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 ? U2's The Edge (L) and Bono perform with Kendrick Lamar (not pictured). REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Lamar is no stranger to using his voice and songs to address the current political climate in the United States. "XXX" references the gun violence and police brutality against the black community in America.

The powerful performance ended with the soldiers each falling to the ground one by one as sounds of gunshots were heard. 

Take a look at all the red carpet arrivals at the 2018 GRAMMYs:

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor Coco Austin attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Miley Cyrus attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Model Heidi Klum attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist SZA attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Camila Cabello wearing Bulgari’s Serpenti Collection attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Maren Morris attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Cardi B attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Recording artists Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Philip Sweet of musical group Little Big Town attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist and actor Hailee Steinfeld attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Reba McEntire attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kelly Clarkson attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Eve attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor Jenny McCarthy attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Julia Michaels attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Emmylou Harris attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Anna Kendrick arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Ashanti attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Lana Del Rey attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Bebe Rexha attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Rita Ora, white rose detail, attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Host James Corden attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor Katie Holmes attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: TV personality Chrissy Teigen (L) and recording artist John Legend attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Ryan Seacrest attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Li Saumet arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Pink attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: TV personality Giuliana Rancic attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Makeup artist Patrick Starrr attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Sara Caswell attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Lisa Loeb attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kesha attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Joy Villa attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Tina Campbell attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Ne-Yo attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Andra Day attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor-comedian Sarah Silverman attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Ava Max arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Janelle Monae attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kali Uchis attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Elton John and David Furnish attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Janelle Monae attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Andrew Taggart (L) and Alex Pall of musical group The Chainsmokers attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Erika Ender attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Tyler, the Creator attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actor Ben Platt attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Cyndi Lauper attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Mo Sabri attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist India Arie attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist DJ Khaled and his son Assad attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Alessia Cara attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
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