At the conclusion of set closer “Savior,” Lamar repeatedly recited the phrase: “They judge you, they judge Christ! Godspeed for women’s rights!” Adding to the intensity of the moment, Lamar’s head was adorned with a crown of thorns, and blood dripped down his face — all as his group of male and female backing dancers stood silently next to him.
According to the Guardian, Lamar wore the crown of thorns throughout the 22-song performance, which leaned heavy in religious imagery. “I was locked up in LA during the pandemic. You feel like family… I see so many faces. Different creed, different colors,” the Compton rapper said at one point. “Imperfection is beautiful, no matter what they going through. I’m wearing this crown. They judge you, they judge Christ. We’re going to do our best to follow in his image.”
Vogue UK reports that crown was made of custom titanium and pavé diamond in collaboration between Lamar, his creative collaborator Dave Free, and Tiffany & Co. Four craftsman reportedly spent more than 1,300 hours assembling the crown. All told, the headpiece features 8,000 cobblestone micro pavé diamonds totaling more than 137 carats, and weighing around 200 grams.
In an interview with Vogue UK, Free said the crown was meant as a sign of respect to the artists who came before Lamar, explaining that it’s “a godly representation of hood philosophies told from a digestible youthful lens.”
The headlining set was divided into two main acts, with material from his latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers bookending each one. The instrumental interlude from “Savior” and “United in Grief” opened the first act before giving way to seven songs from his 2022 LP good kid, m.A.A.d city. Lamar then performed Mr. Morale tracks “N95” and “Count Me Out” in advance of an act dedicated to material from To Pimp a Butterfly and its follow-up, DAMN. For the encore, Lamar rattled off “HUMBLE.” and “LOVE.” before closing with the aforementioned performance of “Savior.” Check out the full setlist and footage of his Glastonbury set below.
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Kendrick Lamar’s Glastonbury Setlist:
United in Grief
m.A.A.d city (Part I)
The Art of Peer Pressure (Part I)
Swimming Pools (Drank)
Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
Count Me Out
Institutionalized (Part I)
The Blacker the Berry