Jay-Z Raps Nearly Five-Minute Verse In Last Supper-Inspired ‘God Did’ Performance to Close Out Grammys Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend and Friday gave hip-hop lovers the ultimate treat with their Grammy performance of “God Did,” closing out the 2023 ceremony. DJ Khaled began the performance inside the Crypto.com arena before the camera cut to the outside, where Khaled joined Legend, Ross, Lil Wayne and more in the middle of the street to continue the performance. .

The performance wrapped up “The Last Supper” when Jay-Z arrived to perform his nearly five-minute verse. All the performers sat at a long dining table in the middle of the street, complete with a feast and candles. Jay-Z’s verse went over four minutes. Although the rapper was seated for the performance, he kept the energy high. DJ Khaled ended the performance with a direct-to-camera address: “We did an 8-minute song at the Grammys!”

The eight-minute rap song “God Did It” was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The song is featured on DJ Khaled’s 13th studio album of the same name, which was nominated for Best Rap Album.

The lineup on “God Did It” features some of hip-hop’s biggest powerhouses. Jay-Z, who now rarely performs live, walks into the Grammys with a record 88 nominations (tied with his wife Beyoncé) and 24 wins. Legend has received 12 Grammys with 36 nominations. Lil Wayne has earned five Grammys and 27 nods, and DJ Khaled has one Grammy win as well as 10 nominations. Rick Ross received nine nods, and Friday received the first three for his work on the song.

On February 2, Lil Wayne received the Global Impact Award from DJ Khaled at the Recording Academy Honors presented by Black Music Collective event.

Hip-hop as a genre is also being honored at the 2023 Grammys, with Questlove performing a 50th anniversary tribute with partners like LL Cool J, The Roots and Black Thought.

Other performers at the 65th Grammys include Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlyle, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy and Lizzo.

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