Donald Glover’s musical ego broke records at the Grammy’s Sunday evening.
When the ambitious music video to “This Is America” dropped last May, every who watched it was left shoook. Not only were the visuals groundbreaking, the lyrics were catchy and upbeat yet bellowed revolutionary racial symbolism which left audiences truly thinking about the America they “knew.” The video currently has over 485,000,000 views on YouTube.
The song won Grammys for song and record of the year, becoming the first rap song to win the reputable awards; however, the multitalented Childish Gambino wasn’t in attendance to accept his big wins. It was reported that he declined his invitation to perform at the event.
The Recording Academy has been called out many times for its lack of membership diversity and recurrent failure to recognize rap and hip-hop artists in the major categories. Hopefully, Gambino’s wins will change the future of the award show – this is America, after all.