With Michelle Obama’s appearance, Lady Gaga’s head banging and Alicia Keys playing two pianos simultaneously, the 61st annual Grammy Awards was quite the show. But it wasn’t just entertaining, it was also historic thanks to Cardi B and Childish Gambino.
Aside from being Cardi B’s first official Grammy win, her Best Rap Album nod is the first time a female solo act has been victorious in the category. (Who run the rap game now? Girls.) The stakes were especially high, as late rapper Mac Miller’s Swimming, Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap and Travis Scott’s Daytona were all in the running for the coveted gramophone. In 1997, Lauryn Hill and the Fugees nabbed the distinction for The Score, but Cardi is the first single lady (you know what we mean) to win.
As for Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover), his track “This Is America” became the first rap song to ever win Song of the Year. He beat out the A Star Is Born original song “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, “God’s Plan” by Drake, “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile, “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “Rockstar” by Post Malone and 21 Savage and “The Middle” by Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris.
Glover was not in attendance at the show and reportedly pulled an Ariana Grande and declined an invitation to perform. In addition to Song of the Year, he also snagged the trophy for Album of the Year and Best Music Video.
What do you call it when two of your faves make history in one evening? A literal win-win.