Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is gearing up for tonight’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Not only is the Compton rapper up for 11 nominations he will be performing “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright” from his Grammy-nominated album,To Pimp a Butterfly. Fans are already expecting K.Dot’s performance to a “controversial” one after this year’s host LL Cool J shared some insight on what the night may bring.

Grammy Producer Ken Ehrlich opened up further about what fans can expect. He said, “Controversial… I’m not sure that’s the right word. Certainly it’s provocative. One of the things that’s important to us with the show and I think to the Academy is that we encourage artistic freedom and artistic license.”

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Ehrlich continued,

“In this case, Kendrick came to us and said that we live in a time where these issues confront us every day and that it’s important that they be given a public forum, and he would like to use his x number of minutes to create a great performance that is consistent with his this year. It is overtly political and it is overtly provocative, and I think if nothing else it’s going to give people something to think about and talk about.”

He also adds, “I suspect there will be a portion of the audience that… I don’t know that I’d use the work ‘offended,’ but certainly will be provoked by it.”

You can catch the awards tonight live from the Staples Center on ABC.

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