Kendrick Lamar Reportedly Opening the 2018 Grammys

Kendrick Lamar has been nominated for seven Grammys this year, but will he be snubbed again?

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Kendrick Lamar

After the 60th Annual Grammy Awards revealed its first round of performers—which included Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, and Little Big Town—the show has continued to stack the program with an amazing lineup of artists. Now, according to Billboard, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, and U2 are also slated to perform on Jan. 28. Other artists set to perform that night include Cardi B, SZA, Childish Gambino, Daddy Yankee, and Khalid.

It's rumored that Lamar will open the show. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper has been nominated for seven awards this year, including Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, and Record of the Year.


Between the release of Kendrick's certified double-platinum album DAMN., the news that he and TDE are producing the entire Black Panther soundtrack, and the reveal of his DAMN. Nike Cortez sneaker, Lamar has had quite the year. Still, in the past, he has also been notoriously snubbed by the Grammys. At the 2014 awards show, Macklemore and Lamar were both nominated for several of the same awards, and while Macklemore walked away with four wins—including Best Rap Album—Lamar walked away with zero. He was again passed up at the 2016 awards, when he lost in the night's biggest categories, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Hopefully this year we will see Lamar walk away with many, many wins.

Also added to this year's Grammys lineup are Miley Cyrus and Elton John, who will perform together. Two days after the 60th Grammys, John will celebrate his legendary career with the taping of a new concert special, Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute, which will air on CBS later in 2018.

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