Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” snagged top honors at the Grammys for record and song of the year, becoming the first rap song to win in either category. It also won best rap/sung performance and best music video.
“This is America” and its jarring and violent video had a massive viral release last May and became one of the most talked-about musical accomplishments of 2018. It has since had nearly 500 million views on YouTube.
Childish Gambino did not show up to accept the award. Depending on your read of “This Is America,” this could have been a response consistent with his theme.
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