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'This is America' first rap song to win Grammy Record of the Year

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Childish Gambino won Record of the Year at the here for his political anthem "This Is America", making history as the first rap song ever to take home the honour.

With Gambino, whose real name is Donald Glover, absent from the festivities, the prestigous award on Sunday night was accepted on behalf of Ludwig Goransson, engineer/mixer Derek "MixedByAli" Ali and mastering Mike Bozzi, reports

"Creating music with Childish Gambino has been one of the greatest stories of my life," Goransson told the audience.

"As a kid growing up in Sweden, loving American music, I always dreamt of migrating here, working with an artiste like

"I really wish he was here with us right now,Abcause this trulyAwas his vision, and he desreves this credit," he continued.

"No matter where you're born or what country you're from, you connect with it. It speaks to people. It connects right to your soul. It calls out injustice, celebrates life, and reunites us, all at the same time."

The also took a moment to shout-out to 21 Savage, who is currently being held without bond by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and therefore wasn't able to perform at

"21 Savage, you should be here tonight," Goransson added.

"This is America", an intricately woven protest song that touches on racism, discrimination and mass shootings in the country, among other topics, also became the first rap track to win Song of the Year earlier on Sunday.

The song also won Best Rap/Sung Performance and video for its Hiro Murai-directed viral clip.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 11:30 IST