Childish Gambino Takes Top Honors at 2019 Grammys


Childish Gambino won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year for his “This Is America” track.

The 61st annual Grammys (The Recording Academy awards), hosted by singer Alicia Keys, were held Sunday, Feb. 10, presenting awards in the music and spoken word recording business to deserving artists in many different categories from many different genres. There are 30 Grammy “fields” or genres and 84 awards handed out in each of those fields for a total 2,520 awards each year. Thankfully, not all of them were televised, and we are not going to provide a complete list, but here is a rundown of the most notable awards won by your favorite artists at this year’s Grammys.

Rapper Childish Gambino made history on Sunday when his popular track “This is America” won Song and Record of the Year. The hit song became the first ever rap song to bring home both of these eminent awards. It defeated other hits such as “God’s Plan” by Drake and “Rockstar” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage for Song of the Year. For record of the year, it defeated “”God’s Plan” and “Shallow” by Lady Gaga. The very popular music video for Gambino’s hit is almost up to 500 million views on YouTube. In the video, Gambino displays the many problems in today’s American society.

Kacey Musgraves brought home the gold on Sunday when she won overall Best Album, Best Country Album and Best Country Song. Currently, Musgraves has the number one country album according to Apple Music’s popularity charts, Golden Hour. Musgraves’ “Space Cowboy” won the Best Country Song and is currently among the six Golden Hour tracks on Apple Music’s top 50 country songs chart. Her album beat out notable albums for Album of the Year such as Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B and Scorpion by Drake.

Ariana Grande continued her legacy with her album Sweetener taking home the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. It beat out Taylor Swift’s Reputation and Shawn Mendes’ Shawn Mendes. Grande is already off to a great start with her thank you next album releasing on February 8. Artist Dua Lipa also won Best New Artist, beating out Luke Combs and Margo Price.

In a surprise, Drake won the Grammy for Best Rap Song with his major hit “God’s Plan.” Although the track was great at the time of its release, the song became overplayed by the end of the year. With a music video topping 900 million views on YouTube, Drake gave back to the Miami community with new cars, shopping sprees, or cash to families in need. The song is very catchy, and the music video only added to the greatness and popularity this song generated.

Although we at The Torch believe nominees such as “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott and Drake himself or “Lucky You” by Eminem and Joyner Lucas should have won, the track still holds as the 51st top rap song, which is pretty remarkable considering it was released over a year ago.

Finally, probably the most controversial Grammy this year was the Best Rap Album award. Daytona by Pusha T, Astroworld by Travis Scott, Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B, Victory Lap by Nipsey Hussle, and Swimming by the late Mac Miller were the albums up for the award. This was very controversial because many claimed that Pusha’s album could be considered a “classic,” Astroworld still has four tracks apart of the top 100 on Apple Music charts, and people thought that Mac Miller deserved to be honored after his tragic death in September 2018.

Through all of that, Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy won the award. It was her debut album, and it definitely made noise in hip-hop culture. The track “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin was arguably the top summer song of 2018, “Bodak Yellow” was possibly the top 2017 summer song, and “Drip” featuring Migos all helped Cardi win her first ever Grammy with many more to come.

The 2019 Grammys awarded top artists their deserving awards. Although controversy was present, every nominee is very deserving of the respected award even if they did not win. Expect the 2020 awards show to be just as controversial with new music expected to release from many top artists this year.

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