Video of Houston security guard crying at Kendrick Lamar concert totals 11 million views

A security guard working at the Houston Toyota Center has gone viral after a video emerged of him crying at a Kendrick Lamar concert over the weekend. The Compton rapper stopped by the town of Bayou on Friday for his ongoing “The Big Steppers” tour.

In a now-viral TikTok that has been widely circulated online, security guard Devyn Sanford can be seen standing right next to the stage, wiping tears from her face and quietly singing and nodding along with Lamar performing “Love,” the Zacari-featured track from his 2017 album “Damn.”

@dejaihvu Mans should have bought a ticket 😩🤣 #kendricklamar #thebigstepperstour #houstontx ♬ original sound – Dejaih Smith

The clip has garnered over 11 million views on TikTok since its posting. Lamar fans have also since reacted to the tender moment, with one commenting, “MY HEART. The way the music touches our souls in a way like this, I love it.” Another wrote: “BUT WHY DID THIS MAKE ME CRY.” One person commented that “getting paid and having a spiritual experience” is a win.

After hearing about fan reactions to the video, Sanford also commented, writing, “That’s me in the post y’all…this song means EVERYTHING to me and I felt the emotions of everyone around it. Me…I really love getting paid to do this.”

In an interview with Fox 26, Sanford, who works for a private events recruitment firm, said he had no idea the moment was captured before the concert. “I woke up the next day and it was everywhere,” he said. “I’m still taking everything right now.”


Sanford told Fox that Lamar was one of his favorite artists, so he made sure to find a way to be at the Houston gig. “I debated whether to buy tickets or work the show and decided to do it and it was still so impactful to me,” he said, adding that the song ” Love” had an important meaning for him.

“It took me back to when the song was first released. I was going through a tumultuous time in my life at that time,” he told Fox. “The words, the crowd around me, everyone was screaming and reaching out to Kendrick and crying and I kind of absorbed everyone’s emotions. I tried my best to hold on and I I just cracked up.” Sanford said Lamar’s team has since contacted him to send him some free merchandise.

Lamar’s tour, which began in June, made stops in Houston, Dallas and Austin last week. The current tour supports his fifth studio album “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”, released in May.



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