Childish Gambino — seen performing in Las Vegas in September 2018 — won for Grammys for his politically provocative hit “This Is America” but he did not attend the ceremony. Photo by AFP/Robyn Beck “This is America,” Childish Gambino’s searing indictment of police brutality and racism, scored a breakthrough for rap on Sunday at the Grammy awards, where the top prize went to country artist Kacey Musgraves. It won both record and song of the year, becoming the first hip hop track to win either of the top Grammy categories in 61 years. “This is America” also took Grammys for best music video and best rap performance. However, Childish Gambino, the music alter ego of actor Donald Glover, was not around to accept the honor. Both Glover and leading nominee Kendrick Lamar were Grammy no-shows in what was seen as a snub by the rappers for past disappointments when socially incisive rap material lost out to pop or R&B at the highest honors in the music business. “I really wish he (Glover) was here right now. All of this was his vision and he deserves this credit,” said songwriter Ludwig Goransson, who worked with Glover on the track. “It speaks… Read full this story
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