Kanye West Cleans Up At Grammys
Dressed in a all black with bright shades and a bright white stripes on his coat, West poured his heart into a rousing performance of "Stronger" with the group Daft Punk.
The rapper/producer closed out his performance with a powerful, bare bones rendition of his song "Hey Mama" with video of an angel in the background.
His hit album Graduation also won Rap Album of the Year.
“A lot of people said Hip-Hop was dead….I appreciate all the support and prayers. [Mama] I know you are proud of me. All I’m gonna do is keep making you proud.”
West’s tribute comes just months after the death of his mother Dr. Donda West, who died last year from complications from plastic surgery.
The performance came as one of the highlights of the Grammy broadcast.
Prior to the telecast and the Rap Album of the Year Award, West collected three Grammy Awards out of his eight nominations, including awards for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Stronger," Best Rap Song for "Good Life" with T-Pain and Best Rap Performance by a duo or group for his collaboration with fellow Chicago rapper Common on "Southside."
While West invited talk and applause with his set, rapper Nas attracted attention on the red carpet, by wearing a black T-shirt that featured the N-Word.
The rapper was accompanied by a group of women who were dressed in similar garb.
According to Nas, the choice the dress was part "consciousness raising" and "part publicity" to promote his forthcoming album Nigger.
"It's all the experiences we go through every day," he said. "We've all at some point been discriminated [against]," the rapper told CNN.