The Grammy Awards featured a Black Lives Matter-focused performance, demanding “justice” from President Biden.
“It’s a state of emergency. It’s been a hell of a year. Hell for over 400 years. My people, it’s time we stand.” BLM activist Tamika D. Mallory said during the performance of rapper Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture” on Sunday. “It’s time we demand the freedom that this land promises. President Biden, we demand justice, equity, policy and everything else that freedom encompasses, and to accomplish this, we don’t need allies. We need accomplices. It’s bigger than black and white. This is not a trend, this is our plight. Until freedom.”
The set also featured actor and activist Kendrick Sampson being shot as he ran away from actors posing as police officers. Actors posing as rioters then threw Molotov cocktails at a building and fought with riot police. Lil Baby was then seen standing on a police car, and fireworks were ignited.
The Recording Academy and CBS also issued a joint statement during the awards show, which denounced racism and hate.
“The Recording Academy and CBS condemn and denounce all forms of racism, sexism, violence, anti-Semitism and hate. Let’s continue to use music to bring people together, leading with love, healing and a sense of unity across all lines of difference,” the statement, which appeared on screen during the awards show, read.
A song inspired by George Floyd’s death last year, “I Can’t Breathe,” also won “Song of the Year.”
Floyd’s death last Memorial Day while in police custody sparked riots and protests across the country that resulted in billions of dollars in damages, most notably in liberal cities such as Portland and Seattle.