Published February 11, 2019
Childish Gambino on Sunday grabbed his fourth Grammy of the night, the coveted Record of the Year prize for best overall song , for his politically charged hit “This Is America .”
The trap gospel song packed with social commentary from Childish Gambino — the alter ego of actor and recording artist Donald Glover — beat fellow category heavyweights Drake , Cardi B and Lady Gaga to nab the award.
Childish Gambino did not attend Sunday ’ s ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Earlier , he won Grammys for Song of the Year ( best songwriting ), Best Music Video and Best Rap / Sung Performance
Also , English singer – songwriter Dua Lipa bested a crowded field of female talent to take home the Grammy for Best New Artist .
The synth – pop star beat out fellow Londoner Jorja Smith along with rising pop singer -songwriter Bebe Rexha and the enigmatic R & B performer H . E .R .
Lipa ’ s breakthrough came in 2016 with her first global hit “ Hotter than Hell ,” which she followed with “ Blow Your Mind (Mwah ), ” which busted into the US Billboard Hot 100 .
Her sixth single “ New Rules ,” which came off her self- titled debut studio album , was her first number one in Britain — and the first by a female solo artist to top the UK charts since 2015 ’s “Hello ” by Adele .
“ For anyone who hasn ’t realized how special they are to have a different story, a different background , a name , and just want it be normal … just know that no matter your background , what you believe in , never let it get in the way of your dreams,” she said in accepting her award at the Staples Center .
The 23 – year – old was born in London to parents who emigrated from Kosovo ; her father moonlighted as a rocker in the Kosovar band Oda , in which he was lead vocalist .
She has said her second album will likely come out later this year , and cites shape-shifting pop icon Prince and southern hip -hop pioneers Outkast as major influences .