Rapper, singer, and actor Donald Glover (stage name Childish Gambino) made history at last night’s Grammy Awards, becoming the first hip-hop artist to ever win the ceremony’s award for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for hit song This Is America.
It was a certifiable hit immediately following its release — due in large part to the associated music video, which featured countless elements of racial symbolism. This Is America also won the award for Music Video Of The Year.
The Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year Awards come after recent efforts by the recording academy to diversify its voting body, due in large part to criticism that it has failed to recognize major achievements by hip-hop artists during the genre’s nearly four decades in the spotlight.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Ken Ehrlich, who has produced the Grammy Awards since 1980, said, “We continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world.”
Most mainstream listeners are likely to agree; it is odd that it took this long for a rap song to win either of these major awards, especially considering the genre’s stranglehold on the Billboard charts.
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