Blood Orange was the guest performer on Conan last night, but he didn't do a typical late-night set. Instead, the artist decided to give a heart-wrenching, moving performance in memory of Terrence McCrary Jr., Philando Castile and transgender LGBTQ activist Hande Kader.
A photo tribute to the murder victims (McCrary was shot at a birthday party, Castile by the hands of the police, and Kader was mutilated and burned) was included in Hynes' set while he sung Freetown Sound tracks "Augustine" and "Thank You."
Blood Orange live tonight on Conan O Brian RIP T Mack RIP Philando Castile RIP Hande Kader 🌹🌹🌹 pic.twitter.com/nFskBibc8w— Devonté Hynes (@devhynes) August 23, 2016
The performance was simple but chilling, with Hynes brooding on a white piano backed by two female dancers. He soon emerged from the piano to rap along to "Thank You." Freetown Sound, the artist's third album, was released on June 28.
After watching the Conan performance, see Dev Hynes detail his apartment fire that occurred in 2014 with Fuse below: