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Rapper Lil Baby uses Grammys performance to make statement on police brutality

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In this image released on March 14th, Lil Baby performs at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast on March 14th, 2021.

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 Biden, 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. 

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.

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