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Kendrick Lamar pays tribute to Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh while wearing a crown of thorns

Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to Virgil Abloh while sitting front row at the Louis Vuitton Men’s Show in Paris today (June 23).

Abloh was the brand’s creative director and died of cancer in November 2021. He was 41.

He wears a crown of thorns – similar to the one he wears on the cover of his latest album Mr. Morale and the big steppers – The rapper performed a medley of songs from the newly released record.

Read that of the independent Five star rating from Mr Morale here.

Positioned between model Naomi Campbell and his collaborator Dave Free, Lamar rapped lyrics of “N95,” “Saviour,” “Rich Spirit,” and “Count Me Out,” ending with a repeated mantra of “Long live Virgil.”

The runway show featured models carrying a giant rainbow banner down the yellow runway in a nod to Abloh’s earliest Louis Vuitton collection, which paid homage to musicals The Wizard of Oz and The Wizard.

This event marks Lamar’s second tribute to the late fashion designer. During his Super Bowl halftime performance in February, he wore a custom Louis Vuitton suit designed by Abloh.

His most recent appearance comes ahead of his headlining slot on Sunday (June 26) at the Glastonbury Festival.

Other headliners include pop star Billie Eilish and former Beatle Paul McCartney, with Diana Ross taking over the traditional Sunday afternoon “Legends” slot. You can see the full lineup and scheduled times here.

Follow live updates from Glastonbury here.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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