Many social media users speculated that the well-known TV judge made an appearance during music’s biggest night Sunday, judging by the rapper’s performance of his record-of-the-year-nominated “Rockstar,” which featured an elderly gospel choir dressed in judge robes.
DaBaby and Roddy Ricch offered up a dramatic rendition of their smash summer hit, complete with a violinist. But, it was the rapper’s overly animated background singers that caught everyone’s attention. The choir sang and danced along to DaBaby, who was dressed in an all-white suit paired with Michael Jackson-inspired bedazzled gloves.
Another user said the performers seemed to resemble another notable judicial figure.
“Bruh, I am vibing with the white Judges in the background of Da Baby’s performance lol!” the user wrote. “RBG and Judge Judy got swag!”
You may wonder, why judges? DaBaby may be making light of his previous run-ins with authorities, most recently in January for allegedly carrying a concealed weapon in Beverly Hills.
“Brand new Lamborghini, (expletive) a cop car,” he raps. “With the pistol on my hip like I’m a cop. Have you ever met a real (expletive) rockstar? This ain’t no guitar, (expletive), this a Glock.”
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“Rockstar” was up for record of the year. The Grammy went to Billie Eilish for her song “Everything I Wanted.”
From Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2020, “Rockstar” (featuring Roddy Ricch) held the top spot for 13 of 15 weeks on Billboard’s song of the summer tracking list. For seven of those weeks, it was also No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart.
“You can’t overlook the star power of DaBaby and Roddy Ricch,” Billboard senior director of music Jason Lipshutz told USA TODAY. The song has “a really catchy hook and a video that was eye-popping and spoke to the moment. This is a case of the right artist with the right song at the right time,” he added.
Contributing: Gary Dinges