Kendrick Lamar‘s children watched on from home as he picked up three wins at the 2023 Grammy Awards over the weekend.
The Compton rapper’s two young kids — daughter Uzi and son Enoch — sat in front of the television as he accepted the award for Best Rap Album inside the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 5).
An adorable video was posted on Instagram by K. Dot’s fiancée, Whitney Alford, who captured Uzi reacting to her father mentioning his family during his acceptance speech.
“Daddy! He’s talking about us!” she says in the clip. “He’s talking about us. He’s talking about his family… Uzi and Enoch and mommy.”
Alford captioned the footage by praising her partner’s continued success, writing: “Congrats on 3 more @kendricklamar. We [love] and appreciate you!”
“My children allowed me, in their development as human beings beginning to walk and talk, to remove my ego..” @kendricklamar ✨ pic.twitter.com/VyqhfQii17
— KENDRICK LAMAR BIBLE (@dakendrickbible) February 7, 2023
Kendrick Lamar received eight nominations at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. He went on to win Best Rap Album for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, while “The Heart Part 5” won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
“First and foremost, I wanna thank my family for giving me the courage and the vulnerability to share these stories and to share my truth with this album,” he said onstage while collecting the former. “That’s first and foremost. I wanna thank my fans for trusting me with these words.
“You know as artists, we all entertainers, stupid. And we say things to provoke thoughts and feelings and emotions. So making this record was one of my toughest records to make; and it allowed me to do that and it allowed me to share other people’s experiences.”
K. Dot continued: “So going back and thinking back where I started with rap and how far it’s came, I would like to thank the culture for allowing me to evolve in order to make a song like ‘Mother I Sober.’ That’s special to me.
“All we ever wanted was to be the biggest underground artist of all time. And I finally found imperfection with this album so I appreciate y’all. I love y’all.”
During an interview with W Magazine in October, Kendrick spoke about the impact his children have had on him.
“My children allowed me, in their development as human beings beginning to walk and talk, to remove my ego, to know that my children, too, will have their own independence,” he said.
“That allows me to understand the unconditional love on my end — will I allow them to be themselves? Will I allow them to journey off in the world and experience life for what they know of? That’s love, to me.”
He added: “And when I look at that, I try to apply it with how I express myself, how I look at my career, and how I meet other individuals. Am I allowing them to be themselves without any judgment? My children have taught me that.”
Kendrick Lamar also revealed that when he finished recording Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, he almost didn’t release it due to its deeply confessional nature and how it might affect his kids when they’re older.
“When I got to completion and I said, ‘I may or may not put this out; I’m not going to put this out; it’s way too much,’ I thought about my children,” he said. “I thought about when they turn 21, or they’re older in life, and when I got grandchildren, or if I’m long gone — this can be a prerequisite of how to cope. That’s the beauty of it for me.”
The cover art for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers features Kendrick holding his daughter while his fiancée cradles their young son in the background.
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