Kendrick Lamar gives shoutout to Jay-Z: 'Jay for president'
© Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar jokingly endorsed another rapper, Jay-Z, for a potential White House bid on Sunday, exclaiming “Jay for president!” while accepting a Grammy award.

The 30-year-old Lamar, who was collecting an award for his album “Damn," delivered the tongue-in-cheek endorsement as he accepted the award for best rap album.


Lamar praised Jay-Z, one of his fellow nominees in the category, and a host of other hip-hop stars he said he “idolizes,” including Nas and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

“It’s really about expressing yourself and putting that paint on the canvas for the world to evolve for the next listener, the next generation after that,” Lamar said before praising Jay-Z and adding his “Jay for president” plug.

Lamar’s words of support came the same day that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE fired off a tweet aimed at Jay-Z, whose album “4:44” received several Grammy nominations.

Trump's tweet came after Jay-Z sat down with CNN’s Van Jones on Saturday. During the interview, the rapper called Trump’s reported reference to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole countries” both “disappointing” and “hurtful.”