Anti-racism song ‘This is America’ declared best at Grammys
The trap gospel song was written and produced by Glover, working under the pseudonym Childish Gambino, alongside Ludwig Goransson. The video and lyrics comment on political issues in the US, including gun violence, black stereotypes, and racism. Glover also claimed the award for best music video.
Ahead of the main ceremony, the US Recording Academy announced the winners in dozens of its many categories which span country and gospel to rock, metal, and hip-hop.
Singer Ariana Grande won the first Grammy of her career for “Sweetener” which was proclaimed the best pop vocal album of the year. However, the 25-year-old musician did not appear in person to take the gramophone-shaped award statue. Grande was originally due to perform at the event. However, the talks with the academy fell through and the music star slammed Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich over the account he provided on Thursday. Ehrlich had said that the talks have gone on too long to let Grande plan a performance, but the singer said she pulled out after she felt her “creativity & self expression was stifled.”
Hollywood star Hugh Jackman was also absent for his first Grammy, which was bestowed on the movie “The Greatest Showman” in the category of best compilation soundtrack for visual media. Lady Gaga and movie star Bradley Cooper claimed the best pop award for “Shallow”, a number written for a musical drama “A Star is Born.” The song was also declared the best song written for visual media in 2018.