On Sunday (Feb 5.), the 2023 GRAMMY Awards closed out the show with a continuation of the star-studded hip-hip anniversary celebration. Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend and Fridayy united on stage to deliver a memorable performance of “God Did,” which is featured on Khaled’s 13th studio album of the same name.
Khaled started things off on the smoke-filled sage before he was joined at “The Last Supper” table by Legend, Lil Wayne, Ross and the rest of the all-star hip-hop crew.
“It breaks my heart / They ain’t believe in us / We the Best Music / They played themselves / While you hatin’ and being jealous / You could be over here embracin’ that love / More love, more blessings, more life / GOD DID / You either win with us, or you watch us win / DJ Khaled,” he delivered in the opening verse.
Once it was Jay-Z’s time to shine, he stunned the audience by belting out a nearly five-minute verse from his seat. The long dining table, which extended a good portion of the stage, was equipped with a show-stopping feast of fruits, bread, cake, and lavish candelabra to create the picturesque setting for the group of iconic rappers.
Meanwhile, Legend was seated at a grand piano as he showcased his impressive vocal range that effortlessly blended with Khaled, who took the lead as he brought the night to an end.
After nearly eight minutes, the performance came to a full-circle as the rappers raised their glasses in a celebratory cheers. The “POPSTAR” rapper concluded the night with a final statement to the camera as he looked directly into the lens and boasted, “We did an 8-minute song on the GRAMMYs!”
Prior to “Music’s Biggest Night,” “God Did” was nominated for three GRAMMY awards: Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. In addition, Khaled earned a nomination for Best Rap Album with his project of the same name.
The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured performances from Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more.
“Music’s Biggest Night” also included an all-star 50th Anniversary celebration of hip hop, which included performances by Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakim, RUN-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz, and Too $hort. LL COOL J will be on hand to introduce the segment and give a dedication to hip hop.
Several tributes also took place during the In Memoriam segment at the all-genre ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt paid homage to late Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie, with a performance of McVie’s “Songbird.”
Maverick City Music and Quavo also remembered the late Migos rapper, Takeoff, with a special tribute performance of “Without You,” a song that Quavo wrote after his passing.
First Lady Jill Biden, Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, Olivia Rodrigo, and Shania Twain and more were on hand to present during the ceremony.
Beyoncé led the pack with nine nominations, including the prestigious Album Of The Year (Renaissance). Following behind Beyoncé are Kendrick Lamar with eight nods, Adele and Brandi Carlile with seven nominations as well as Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Harry Styles, Future, The Dream and Randy Merrill have six. For a full list of 2023 GRAMMY nominees click HERE.
Prior to the GRAMMY Awards, several winners were revealed during the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in the City Of Angels. For a full list of winner, visit live.GRAMMY.com.
Co-hosted by GRAMMY-nominated comedian Trevor Noah, the 2023 GRAMMYs broadcasted live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5 at 8/7c on CBS. The coveted awards ceremony also streamed live and on demand via Paramount+.