Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” won Grammys for song and record of the year on Sunday, becoming the first rap song to win the prestigious awards.
“This Is America” was one of three rap songs nominated for the Song of the Year award this year. It beat out Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars,” Drake’s “God’s Plan,” Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood,” Maren Morris, Zedd, and Grey’s “The Middle,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” Brandi Carlile’s “The Joke” and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up.”
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Childish Gambino was notably absent from the award. The 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 of the greatest stories of my life,” Göransson told the crowd. “As a kid growing up in Sweden, loving American music, I always dreamt of migrating here, working with an artist like Donald Glover.“This Is America” won two Grammys before its Song and Record of the Year coup; for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video.