The Grammys announced the first round of performers who will take the stage on February 15th at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Representing hip hop? Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd.
The Grammys are hip hop heavy this year — LL Cool J will host the festivities for the 5th time, and Run-DMC is set to receive a lifetime achievement award. With 11 Grammy nominations for Lamar and 7 noms for The Weeknd, they are both poised to take home a ton of hardware. Both are up for Album of the Year.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It’s true! <a href=”https://twitter.com/theweeknd”>@theweeknd</a> will take the stage at the 58th <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GRAMMYs?src=hash”>#GRAMMYs</a> on Monday, Feb. 15 only on <a href=”https://twitter.com/CBS”>@CBS</a>! <a href=”https://t.co/CMZPxwnG5B”>pic.twitter.com/CMZPxwnG5B</a></p>— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheGRAMMYs/status/689819689409650689″>January 20, 2016</a></blockquote>
2015 was hip hop’s biggest year in term’s of mainstream media and artist success and to top it all off we have The Grammy’s giving Kendrick and the Weeknd a chance to perform. Both of them are up for Album of the Year plus LL Cool J is getting some more love by being able to host it again. I’m not sure what Run DMC exactly did to deserve a lifetime achievement award but I love it. But here’s my main thought on this, I think that they should have all the nominees for Artist of the Year perform one song each. Then their performances are what decide the winner for the year. Make it like the Super Bowl of Music. Would that not be amazing? Imagine having them give it their all for one performance. Make the Grammy’s mean something again.