Childish Gambino made Grammy history at this year’s ceremony. His chart-conquering 2018 single “This Is America” managed to take home both Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and all of this after turning down the offer to perform and not even attending the telecast.
While two wins out of the evening’s ‘big four’ categories is impressive enough, Gambino’s win is truly unprecedented. “This Is America” is the first ever hip-hop song to win Song or Record of the Year in the entire history of the awards. And his attendance (or lack thereof) was also something of a Grammy milestone, Pitchfork reports that “this is the first time a living nominee hasn’t been present to accept one of the 4 major awards since George Michael in 1989.”
See presenters John Mayer and Alicia Keys accept the Grammy on his behalf below.
In addition to Childish Gambino, credited songwriters Young Thug and composer Ludwig Göransson received the win. Göransson was present to receive the award, and shouted out 21 Savage in his acceptance speech. “This Is America” was also honored with the Grammy for Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
We named “This Is America” the Best Song of 2018, revisit our ranking here.