James West

James West

Senior Digital Editor

James West is senior digital editor for Mother Jones, and before that, the senior producer for its reporting project Climate Desk. He wrote Beijing Blur (Penguin 2008). James has a masters of journalism from NYU, and has produced a variety of award-winning shows in his native Australia, including the national affairs program Hack.

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Kendrick Lamar performs Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Kendrick Lamar won best rap album for his 2015 masterpiece, To Pimp a Butterfly, at Monday night's 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. That win came after Lamar already had picked up four other awards during the pre-televised portion of the night. Lamar even got a shout-out from the highest office in the land:

But that was all prelude to Lamar's powerful, politically charged onstage performance, starting with "The Blacker the Berry," which he sang, at first, while wearing chains and standing against the backdrop of a prison. That was followed by "Alright," a defacto anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement, which was staged in front of an enormous bonfire.

Watch the full performance below:

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