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Posted: February 11, 2019

'This Is America' is first hip-hop song to win Record of the Year at Grammys

By Henrique DaMour

Entertainment Weekly

Childish Gambino won Record of the Year at the Grammys on Sunday for “This Is America,” marking the first time a hip-hop song has received the honor.

Without Gambino physically present, producer Ludwig Göransson dedicated the award to him and shouted out by name 21 Savage, BlocBoy JB, Slim Jxmmi, and Young Thug as the features on the song. He also praised the song’s impact as a piece of social commentary applicable to America as well as the rest of the world. “It calls out injustice, celebrates life, and unites us all at the same time,” said Göransson. This award capped off a historic night for Gambino, who swept every award he was nominated for, becoming the first hip-hop artist to not only win Song of the Year, but also the first to win Record of the Year.

Gambino beat out fellow nominees Brandi Carlile, Drake, Cardi B, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar and SZA, Post Malone, and Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.

Check out the full list of winners at the 2019 Grammy Awards.