Kendrick Lamar enthralled the GRAMMYs with a statement performance of songs off his critically-acclaimed album, To Pimp a Butterfly.
The 28-year-old rapper opened his performance of "The Blacker the Berry" in chains while accompanied by his background dancers and band, some of whom were locked in cages.
A racially-charged song, "The Blacker the Berry" mentions the February 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old black teen Trayvon Martin in one of the final lyrics. Later on during Lamar's performance, he freestyled, "February 26th, I lost my life too / 2012 set us back 400 years."
Then Lamar and his crew transitioned into his GRAMMY-winning song, "Alright," which won two gramophones earlier in the evening: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
Rapping in front of a large bonfire at the center of the stage, Lamar absolutely embraced the moment and was literally on fire.
Lamar closed out his intense set with powerful new verses, against the backdrop of a map of Africa with "Compton" written across it, that got the star-studded Staples Center crowd -- including Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and Andra Day -- on its feet for a much-deserved standing ovation.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah sent out a tweet after the performance praising Lamar and blasting Kanye West.
"Kendrick is what Kanye would have been if the Kardashians didn't get him," Noah tweeted, adding the hashtag "#KingKendrick."
It seemed every other celebrity was 100 percent on board with Lamar's GRAMMY moment, which might have been the night's most talked-about performance.
Kendrick 🔥— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) February 16, 2016
It's been a huge night for Lamar so far. Nominated for 11 GRAMMYs, he's already won five. In addition to the two aforementioned awards, Lamar took home Best Rap Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "These Walls" and Best Music Video for "Bad Blood" with Taylor Swift.