IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices with the likes of U2, Tay­lor Swift, Imag­ine Dragons, Ri­hanna and Bey­once.

His mu­sic, with songs like “Al­right” and “The Blacker the Berry,” have be­come an­thems in the wake of high-pro­file po­lice shoot­ings of mi­nori­ties as the con­ver­sa­tion about race re­la­tions dom­i­nates news head­lines. He brought of dose of se­ri­ous­ness to the 2015 BET Awards, rap­ping on top of a po­lice car with a large Amer­i­can flag wav­ing be­hind him. At the 2016 Gram­mys, dur­ing his vis­ual-stun­ning, show-stop­ping per­for­mance, he ap­peared beaten, in hand­cuffs, with chains around his hands and bruises on his eyes as he de­liv­ered pow­er­ful lyrics to the au­di­ence. La­mar’s mu­si­cal suc­cess helped him win 12 Grammy Awards, though all three of his ma­jor-la­bel al­bums have lost in the top cat­e­gory — al­bum of the year. Each loss has been crit­i­cized by the mu­sic com­mu­nity, launch­ing the con­ver­sa­tion about how the Record­ing Academy might be out of touch. “DAMN.” lost al­bum of the year to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” in Jan­uary.

The rap­per, born in Compton, Cal­i­for­nia, was hand-picked by “Black Pan­ther” di­rec­tor Ryan Coogler to cu­rate an al­bum to ac­com­pany the ubiq­ui­tously suc­cess­ful film, giv­ing La­mar yet again an­other No. 1 ef­fort and highly praised project.

PHOTO BY CHRIS PIZZELLO — IN­VI­SION — AP, FILE

In this file photo, mu­si­cian Ken­drick La­mar ar­rives at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards in Inglewood On Mon­day La­mar won the Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic for his al­bum “Damn.”

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