Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is The USA’ Becomes First Rap Tune to Take File of the Year Grammy – Billboard

Childish Gambino gained file of the year on the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 10) for his political anthem “This Is The USA,” making history with the necessary rap track to ever resolve home the honor, and rounding out an evening of wins for the multi-talented Atlanta rapper. 

With Gambino — a.okay.a. Donald Glover — notably absent from tonight’s festivities, the prestigous award modified into well-liked on behalf of co-author and producer Ludwig Göransson, engineer/mixer Derek “MixedByAli” Ali and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi.   

“Developing tune with Childish Gambino has been one amongst the greatest experiences of my lifestyles,” Göransson instructed the crowd. “As a runt bit one increasing up in Sweden, loving American tune, I repeatedly dreamt of migrating right here, working with an artist like Donald Glover.

“I if truth be told desire he modified into right here with us fair now, bcause this if truth be told modified into his imaginative and prescient, and he desreves this credit ranking,” he persisted. “No matter the attach you are born or what nation you are from, you connect with it. It speaks to of us. It connects simply to your soul. It calls out injustice, celebrates lifestyles, and reunites us, all on the same time.”

The producer furthermore took a moment to bawl-out rapper 21 Savage, who’s for the time being being held with out bond by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and attributable to this fact wasn’t ready to provide on the Grammys. “21 Savage, you ought to easy be right here tonight,” Göransson added.

“This Is The USA,” an intricately woven snarl track that touches on racism, discrimination and mass shootings in the nation, among different themes, furthermore modified into the necessary rap notice to employ track of the year earlier this evening. That is rarely any longer all — the track furthermore gained most tremendous rap/sung performance and most tremendous tune video for its Hiro Murai-directed viral clip, bringing Gambino’s occupation entire wins up to 5. 

Within the file of the year class, Gambino beats out Cardi B, Corrupt Bunny & J Balvin’s “I Love It,” Brandi Carlile’s “The Shaggy dog memoir,” Drake’s “God’s Opinion,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” Kendrick Lamar & SZA’s “The final Stars,” Submit Malone feat. 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey’s “The Center.”

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