The Queensbridge emcee perform “I Can,” “Made You Look,” “One Mic,” and “Rare” at the 2022 Grammys.
Nas Gets His Flowers And a Standing Ovation for his Grammy Performance
Nasir Jones displayed his growth through an inspiring medley at the 2022 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (April 3), opening the performance with a teenage boy portraying younger version of himself.
Returning to the awards show this year, Nas was nominated for Best Rap Album for ‘King’s Disease II’ and Best Rap Song for the DMX and Jay-Z collaboration ‘Bath Salts’.
Taking to the stage at the MGM Grand, Nas’ opened his set by honoring the 20th anniversary of his 2002 album God’s Son, performing the singles “I Can” and “Made You Look.” Nas followed that up with “One Mic” — off 2001’s Stillmatic but released as a single in 2002 — before concluding his medley with “Rare,” off of his Grammy-nominated 2021 LP King’s Disease II. The “rapper’s rapper” performed his medley with an orchestra of horns behind him, and a pianist, alongside a guitarist, bassist and drummer. The medley showcased both the reason for his longevity as well as his versatility, with his effortless flow moving from the affirmations of “I Can” to the fiery, resolute “Rare,” earning him a well-deserved standing ovation.
Check out the full Nas Grammys performance below.
Nas was up for Best Rap Song the rapper featured on DMX's posthumously released "Bath Salts" alongside JAY-Z, losing to Kanye West and JAY-Z for "Jail." At the 2021 Grammys, Nas won his first ever Grammy Award for King's Disease. He was first nominated in 1996 when It Was Written single "If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)" lost in the Best Rap Solo Performance category.