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The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards was dubbed the "woke" Grammys and the "Pandemic Grammys" for its emphasis on politics, coronavirus vaccines, and social justice issues.

Anderson .Paak deservedly won the Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance for his critically acclaimed single "Lockdown".

The esteemed singer, songwriter and producer released his highly regarded single "Lockdown" earlier this year on Juneteenth via Aftermath Entertainment, exclusively distributed by 12Tone Music, LLC.

Inspiration for the song came from .Paak's participation in a Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest where peaceful protestors were being shot with rubber bullets by the police.

The song was accompanied by the Grammy-nominated video directed by Dave Meyers featuring Andra Day, Jay Rock, Syd, SiR, Dumbfoundead & Dominic Fike.

.Paak is now a 4-time Grammy winner. He won Best R&B Album for Ventura (2019) and Best R&B Performance for "Come Home" featuring rapper Andre 3000. He won his first Grammy in 2019 for Best Rap Performance for his song, "Bubblin'".
 

 

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Singer/songwriter H.E.R. (right) shared Song of the Year Grammy Awards for the song "I Can't Breathe" with Tiara Thomas (left), Jeff Robinson (center) and Dernst Emile II (not pictured).

"I Can't Breathe" was inspired by the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

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Floyd (pictured) died on May 25, 2020 when ex-cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes as he pleaded for his life during an arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill in a bodega.

Chauvin is currently on trial for murder in Minneapolis. Jury selection is still underway.

The city of Minneapolis settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Floyd's family for a record $27 million last week.

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Tiara Thomas and Wale

Singer Tiara Thomas, best known for her duet with Wale on his single "Bad", explained how the groupie anthem came about.

“I was in Atlanta with one of my friends I went to school with; she was my manager at the time. She’s like,’Hey, let’s go to Atlanta for spring break, just to go somewhere,’ Thomas recalls. We went and I had a fake ID. I was under 21 at the time and we just wanted to go to the club. So we went to the club and Wale was there. It was like, ‘Hey, there’s Wale, let’s take a picture with him.’ Wale listened to it, and he really liked it,”

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