Nas returned to the Grammys stage on Sunday night (April 3), almost exactly a year after winning his first Grammy award for 2020’s King’s Disease.
Inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, his legendary career deservedly basked in the spotlight.
Looking dapper in a double-breasted suit, the Queensbridge rap icon marked his first solo Grammys performance
by delivering a medley of career-spanning classics with help from a live band, which counted jazz pianist Robert Glasper among its ranks.
After being introduced as “your favorite rappers’ favorite rapper” by Grammys host Trevor Noah,
Nas opened with “I Can” before diving into “Made You Look” and “One Mic”
fitting song choices considering God’s Son celebrates its 20th birthday this December.
As a photo of an Illmatic-era Nasir Jones filled the giant screen behind him, the 48-year-old MC capped off his victory lap with an emphatic rendition of “Rare,”
taken from last year’s King’s Disease II.
While the Recording Academy has historically snubbed his work, Nas’ performance refused to be overlooked as
it drew a standing ovation from inside the venue with the likes of Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X and J Balvin applauding on their feet.