Childish Gambino's ‘This Is America’ Makes Grammys History As First Rap Song To Win Record Of The Year

The song also won in three other categories.

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| February 11 2019,

1:05 pm

Rapper Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover made history at Sunday's Grammy awards after earning a significant victory for his hit song "This Is America." 

Billboard reported the track, which was released in May 2018 and touches upon the representation and treatment of Black people in the country, won record and song of the year, making it the first rap song to ever win in those categories.

Co-writer and producer Ludwig Göransson accepted the award on behalf of the 35-year-old who did not attend the ceremony. He shared with the audience how working with Gambino was an honor and a dream come true. 

"Creating music with Childish Gambino has been one of the greatest stories of my life," Göransson said. "As a kid growing up in Sweden, loving American music, I always dreamt of migrating here, working with an artist like Donald Glover."

Göransson also mentioned 21 Savage, who collaborated on the track and was recently detained by ICE officials.

"He should be here tonight," Göransson said.

According to the BBC, the song also won awards for video of the year and best rap collaboration.

Gambino was the first artist since the late Amy Winehouse in 2008 to be absent after winning one of the "big four" Grammys.

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