Childish Gambino makes history

Craig Reed, Entertainment Editor

On February 10, 2019 the 61st annual Grammys was hosted by Alicia Keys. One award that stood out the most was song of the year. Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, made history by winning song and record of the year with his song “This is America”.

When “This is America” won Best Rap/Sung Performance, that was a moment. When it won the first of the big four awards it was nominated for, Song of the Year (awarded on the basis of songwriting and composition), it made history. No rap song has ever won that award before. And when it won the second big award, Record of the Year (recognizing the artist and production team who work on the recording), it again became the only rap song in Grammys history to take the honor.

Gambino actually was not at the Grammys purposely, He even declined an invitation to perform. The “This is America” song and video represented the recent racial problems going on in America the last couple of years. The Recording Academy made an effort to recognize rap and hip-hop this year in the major categories at the Grammys. Donald Glover Jr is an actor, comedian, producer, writer, director, rapper, singer, song writer, and DJ. He is known as his stage names “Childish Gambino” and “mcDJ”. He is from Stone Mountain, Georgia, but he was born on an Air force base in California. He attended NYU and majored in dramatic writing. His last year at his alma mater he was was hired by Tina Fey as a writer for a sitcom on NBC called 30 Rock.

He later on picked up a role in another sitcom on NBC called Community. In 2016 he produced and starred in his hit show on FX Atlanta. Gambino started to release music in 2011 with his first EP Camp. In 2013, he released three singles: 3005, Crawl, and Sweatpants. They all reached the Billboard top 100.