February 8, 2015 8:59 PM EST

It didn’t take long for the Grammys to get weird: after Miranda Lambert’s fiery performance, Kanye West hit the awards show’s stage for the first time in six years to perform “Only One,” the auto-tuned track from his upcoming Yeezus follow-up. The unusually stark lighting was a dramatic change from the Grammy’s usual stage sparkle, but it was fitting: the song is a tribute to both his late mother and his daughter with Kim Kardashian, North West.

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