Rapper Lil Baby devoted his Grammy Awards performance to making a striking statement on police brutality.
The 26-year-old entertainer took to the Grammys stage on Sunday to perform his 2020 hit, "The Bigger Picture," released during a summer marked by historic nationwide protests against racism and police violence.
The performance opened with a stirring scene, showing a Black man dozing off in his vehicle before being approached by two white police officers. After cooperating with police, the man is handcuffed before being shot as he attempts to flee.
Several Black men are then seen posing for a police lineup as the Atlanta-born rapper, born Dominique Jones, performs.
"President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE, we demand justice, equity, policy and everything else that freedom encompasses," Tamika Mallory, co-founder of the Women's March, said behind a podium as protesters holding signs reading "Another Black life" and "We created racism, we need to destroy it" stood behind her. "And to accomplish this, we don't need allies, we need accomplices."
Lil Baby then rapped the lyrics to his song directly into the face of a police officer, who's seen holding a riot shield.
#GRAMMYs Am I crazy or does it seem like the Black performers put a lot of thought into their performances??? Lil Baby is doing the dang thing!!! Both Baby's came through. Come through Tamika Mallory. #weneedaccomplicesnotallies #grammys2021 #lilbaby #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/8AyJiM8CIo— None Ya (@whtabtprmblne) March 15, 2021
The Grammy Awards performer told NPR last year that he was "definitely proud" of the song he penned, saying, "it's like it's working in a good way for me and for my people."
"And it let me know that my mind state is not all the way wrong — the way I feel and the way I'm thinking," he said.