Kendrick Lamar covers Tupac's 'California Love' live – watch

LA rapper performs cover version at first ever iHeartMusic Awards last night (May 1)

Pooneh Ghana/NME
Photo: Pooneh Ghana/NME
Kendrick Lamar performed a cover of Tupac's 'California Love' at the iHeartMusic Awards in Los Angeles last night (May 1).

The inaugural awards ceremony was held at Shrine Auditorium and also saw performances from Pharrell Williams and Arcade Fire, with the Canadian band introduced to the stage by Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul.

Speaking prior to his performance of the 1995 track, Lamar recalls being eight years old and his uncle taking him to see the video for the track being filmed near to his home in Compton. "Fifteen, twenty years later and I'm out here doing the same thing they were doing." Lamar ends the performance by playing his own song, 'Compton'.

Winners at the awards included Rihanna, who picked up four including Artist of the Year, plus Avicii, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons and Miley Cyrus. Meanwhile, Austin Mahone picked up the keenly contested Instagram Award.

The full list of iHeartMusic Awards 2014 winners can be seen below:

Artist of the Year: Rihanna
Song of the Year: Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko – 'Stay'
Hip-Hip/ R&B Song of the Year: Rihanna – 'Pour It Up'
Best Country Song of the Year: Blake Shelton – 'Boys 'Round Here'
EDM Song Of The Year: Avicii – 'Wake Me Up'
Alternative Song Of The Year: Imagine Dragons – 'Demons'
Innovator Award: Pharrell Williams
Best Collaboration: Pitbull feat. Ke$ha – 'Timber'
Best Lyrics: Miley Cyrus – 'Wrecking Ball'
Best New Artist: Lorde
Best Fan Army: Rihanna
Instagram Award: Austin Mahone
Young Influence: Ariana Grande

Kendrick Lamar performs ~ iHeartRadio Music Awards by HumanSlinky

Share This

Don't Miss
Latest Tickets
NME On Social
NME Store