Lamar lead the nominees on Monday with 11 nods

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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Can’t kill his vibe!

After nabbing the Grammy for best rap album – one of the 11 categories he was nominated in – Kendrick Lamar brought the audience to their feet with a medley of hits starting with “The Blacker The Berry”.

Taking the stage with a backdrop of a prison cell, chains and fire, Lamar celebrated his victories with the To Pimp A Butterfly track fusing rap and jazz.

Already winning 5 Grammys before he took the stage, the Compton, California, native then performed “Alright,” which honoree Rev Run happily lip-synched in the audience.

And even before finishing his last lyric, the star-studded audience gave Lamar a standing ovation with a roaring applause.

Lamar lead the pack of nominees with 11 nods for his groundbreaking album. Therapper is up for both of the night’s biggest awards: album of the year and song of the year.

Ahead of the Feb. 15 ceremony, Lamar told The New York Times that he was “still soaking” all the praise in. The star came just short of tying legendary performer Michael Jackson for most nominations in one night, but said he “would never want to even think about putting myself on the same level as Michael.”

“Michael will forever be the greatest,” he added.