When the young singer-songwriter Khalid played “Coaster,” the last song of his set Friday night at the BET Experience at Staples Center, he stood in front of a digitally chopped graphic of the American flag.
For a second, it looked like a glitch in the onstage projection. But as he sang over the song’s mournful, ambient piano chords, it was clear that the single was a kind of eulogy.
The song’s lyrics are meant for an ex-lover. But the cut took on rather mournful undertones at the BET Experience, especially in light of months of racial unrest, a divisive election season and the not-guitly verdict in the fatal shooting of black motorist Philando