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Donald Glover: Childish Gambino makes history at 2019 Grammys

He didn’t attend the 2019 Grammy Awards, but Donald Glover made history at them.

The Stone Mountain native, as his alter ego Childish Gambino, won both record and song of the year for “This is America” — the first time a rap song has won the coveted awards.

But the awards didn’t end there. Glover also won for rap/sung performance and for music video, also for “This is America.” He was nominated for R&B song, for “Feels Like Summer.”

He was conspicuously absent at this year’s ceremony (he performed last year), The AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri reported, so his awards were accepted by co-writer and producer Ludwig Goransson, engineer/mixer Derek Ali and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi.

So, where was the singer and actor? Göransson said backstage he didn’t know.

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“I haven’t talked to him yet, but I’m going to call him after the award show and I’m sure we’re going to have a little conversation,” Goransson told reporters, adding, “I don’t know,” when asked if he knew where Glover was. 

When asked again about Glover’s whearabouts, etonline.com reported, Goransson said he “tried calling and it wouldn’t go through.”

According to the National, “the last artist to have a major Grammy award accepted in absentia was back in 2003 when Luther Vandross sent one of his managers to pick up his Song of the Year trophy for ‘Dance with My Father.’ ”

“This is America” caused a stir when it was released in May. Full of social commentary about gun violence and racial inequality, the video has been viewed nearly 5 million times on YouTube.

Glover has won awards for his hit FX series “Atlanta.” Glover both created the show and stars in it.

“I really want to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta, just for being alive, just for being amazing people,” he said in 2017 when he won the Golden Globe. “I couldn’t be here without Atlanta.”

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