Kanye West hit the Grammy stage for the first time in six years on Sunday night (Feb. 8), and it was a reminder that we'd probably all be better off if he just performed every year.
As the lights in the house went out, 'Ye emerged (in what looked to be a velour sweatsuit) onto the black stage standing above a single spotlight, singing his heartfelt new single, "Only One." The track features Paul McCartney, who didn't join the rapper on stage, but was shown in his seat shortly before the performance began.
The single, which was released on New Year's Day and finds 'Ye singing rather than rapping, is written from the perspective of his late mother, Donda, as she addresses rap star.
"You're not perfect, but you're not your mistakes," he sang at one point, relaying a beautiful piece of motherly advice. Later, Kanye's mother -- through him -- asks Kanye to talk about her to North, who she never met. "Tell Nori about me, tell Nori about me," he crooned emotionally.
Though he lost out on the two awards he was nominated for tonight -- Kendrick Lamar won Best Rap Song, while Eminem and Rihanna won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration -- he definitely won with this classically Kanye performance.
As the song came to a close, 'Ye walked out of the spotlight, disappearing into the darkness, and leaving us wanting more.
Luckily, he's performing again tonight, alongside Rihanna and McCartney.