The unannounced performance came about an hour into Sunday’s show, when a floor-to-ceiling rocket appeared on the big screens and the two remaining members of Migos walked into a spotlight surrounded by smoke and lasers. Takeoff’s verse from “Hotel Lobby” — a 2022 song from Quavo and Takeoff’s 2022 spin-off project Unc & Phew — played as the duo danced.
“Do it for Take!” they shouted, pointing at the screen, which morphed from the fiery rocket to a photo of the late rapper, who was fatally shot at age 28 in November last year.
The duo then performed Migos’ lone Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit: the 2017 three-week leader “Bad and Boujee,” a 2018 Grammy nominee for best rap performance. The surprise set marks the first performance for Offset and Quavo together since Takeoff’s death. Also, Offset didn’t perform with Migos during their festival dates last year, so he and Quavo haven’t hit the stage together in at least a year.
Offset’s wife, Cardi B, showed her appreciation for the cultural moment on Twitter, writing, “I can’t take it right now,” along with crying emojis. “Proud of the boys.”
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Watch highlights from the performance below and see Cardi’s reaction: