Lil Baby had a performance airing at the 2021 Grammys tonight and delivered a moving rendition of his song “The Bigger Picture”. The performance included a surprise appearance by Run the Jewels’ killer Mike, who was rapping part of RTJ4’s “Walking in the Snow,” while Lil Baby appeared in a larger set of protests against police brutality. In the middle of the performance, activist Tamika Mallory urged President Biden to heed the call for change.

A James Baldwin quote was read during the introduction of Lil Baby’s Moving Achievement. It went:

When I was raised, I was taught in American history books that Africa had no history and neither did I. I was a savage who was least said about, who was better, who had been saved by Europe and who had been brought to America. Of course I believed it. I didn’t have much choice.

“My performance is important to me and I had to make sure it was right,” Lil Baby said in a press release. He continued:

Aside from the nominations, the thing that means most to me is actually playing “The Bigger Picture”. I paint pictures with my songs and wanted the performance to bring this picture to life. Just like the song, this performance had to reflect the real thing. No sugar coating. My family, my fans and my city know who I’m doing this for.

“The Bigger Picture” earned Lil Baby nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Read Pitchfork’s “The Best and Worst About Rap This Week: Why Lil Baby’s Protest Song Shouldn’t Be a Surprise and More,” and follow Pitchfork’s coverage of the 2021 Grammys.