Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Becomes First Rap Song to Win Record of the Year Grammy


Childish Gambino received report of the yr on the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night time (Feb. 10) for his political anthem "This Is America," making historical past with the primary rap track to ever take dwelling the glory, and rounding out an evening of wins for the multi-talented Atlanta rapper. 

With Gambino — a.okay.a. Donald Glover — notably absent from tonight's festivities, the prestigous award was accepted on behalf of co-writer and producer Ludwig Göransson, engineer/mixer Derek "MixedByAli" Ali and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi.

"Creating music with Childish Gambino has been one in every of the best tales of my life," Göransson advised the gang. "As a child rising up in Sweden, loving American music, I all the time dreamt of migrating right here, working with an artist like Donald Glover.

"I actually want he was right here with us proper now, bcause this really was his imaginative and prescient, and he desreves this credit score," he continued. "No matter the place you're born or what nation you're from, you join with it. It speaks to individuals. It connects proper to your soul. It calls out injustice, celebrates life, and reunites us, all on the similar time."

The producer additionally took a second to shout-out rapper 21 Savage, who’s at present being held with out bond by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and subsequently wasn’t in a position to carry out on the Grammys. "21 Savage, try to be right here tonight," Göransson added.

"This Is America," an intricately woven protest track that touches on racism, discrimination and mass shootings within the nation, amongst different matters, additionally turned the primary rap monitor to win track of the yr earlier this night. That's not all — the track additionally received greatest rap/sung efficiency and greatest music video for its Hiro Murai-directed viral clip, bringing Gambino's profession complete wins as much as 5. 

In the report of the yr class, Gambino beats out Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin's "I Like It," Brandi Carlile's “The Joke," Drake's “God’s Plan," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's "Shallow," Kendrick Lamar & SZA's "All the Stars," Post Malone feat. 21 Savage's "Rockstar" and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey's "The Middle."

Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Becomes First Rap Song to Win Record of the Year Grammy