Childish Gambino Skips Grammys 2019 But Makes History With Major Win

Host Alicia Keys and John Mayer presented the award and accepted it in his honor.

By Corinne Heller Feb 11, 2019 1:58 AMTags
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Congrats to Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover!

On Sunday, the hip-hop star and actor won Song of the Year at the 2019 Grammys for his hit "This Is America," which is the first rap song to win the prestigious award in Grammy history. He also won three other awards, including Record of the Year.

The now five-time-Grammy winner shared the honor for Song of the Year with co-songwriter Ludwig Göransson. Glover did not attend the ceremony. Host Alicia Keys and John Mayer presented the award and accepted it in Glover's honor.

"Childish!" Keys said, smiling and holding up the Grammy.

For Song of the Year, Glover and Göransson and beat Kendick Lamar and SZA's "All the Stars," Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up," Drake's "God's Plan," Shawn Mendes' "In My Blood," Brandi Carlile's "The Joke," ZeddMaren Morris and Grey's "The Middle" and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born song "Shallow."

Last week, Glover and Göransson attended a Grammy party that the latter hosted threw in Los Angeles. 

2019 Grammys Red Carpet Fashion

Before the 2019 Grammys began, the Recording Academy announced that Childish Gambino won the awards for Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "This Is America." He was nominated for a total of five Grammys this year, including four for "This Is America."

Prior to this year, he had won one Grammy, in 2018.

Watch: Grammy Awards 2019: By The Numbers

The 2019 Grammy Awards were held at Los Angeles' Staples Center and aired live on CBS.

Check out a full list of 2019 Grammy Award winners.