Best: Dave Chappelle Casually Steals the Show
During the first half of the Grammys, Dave Chappelle was a regular presence and an unexpected scene-stealer. There he was in the middle of Kendrick Lamar's tour-de-force opening, annotating the performance through jokes with political bite. "I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America is being an honest black man in America," he said. "Sorry for the interruption – please continue." When he reappeared to present the Best Rap Album award, he took a moment to honor A Tribe Called Quest, who were conspicuously absent from the list of nominees (to Q-Tip's chagrin). "I have so much love and respect for all the nominees tonight," Chappelle said. "I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Jarobi [White], Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Q-Tip, sometimes Busta [Rhymes], sometimes Consequence, and forever and ever Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace. Make some noise for Tribe Called Quest." Later Chappelle received the award for Best Comedy Album, but he was more comfortable advocating for others than he was talking about himself. He briefly thanked colleagues, friends and family before adding, "see you on Monday."