The Grammys on Sunday, March 14, saw a performance reminiscent of the violent protests that consumed the United States in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police.
Rapper Lil Baby created a scene on stage that mimicked the protests. His performance of “The Bigger Picture” included a speech by Black Lives Matter activist Tamika D. Mallory, who stared into the camera demanding President Biden bring “justice, equity, policy, and everything else that freedom encompasses.”
Included in the performance is actor BLM protester Kendrick Sampson, who pretends to be shot as protesters run from actors posing as police officers, reported Breitbart News.
Rioters are included in the scene throwing Molotov cocktails at a building, which sets it ablaze. Protesters clash with riot police before fireworks go off with Lil Baby standing on top of a police car.
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Tamika Mallory said during the performance in a monologue, “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. 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 performance mirrored the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, the hometown of Lil Baby, where Brooks had resisted arrest, grabbed a police officer’s taser and fired it at a second officer. Police Officer Garrett Rolfe shot and killed Brooks, and has been charged with felony murder.
During the evening, “I Can’t Breathe,” inspired by the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, whose death sparked riots across the United States last year, won song of the year at the 63rd Grammy Awards.