Childish Gambino makes Grammy history

 edition.cnn.com  2/11/2019 9:36:44 AM  8

"This Is America" beat out "Shallow," "God's Plan" and other big hits. The Grammy for song of the year honors song writers, while record of the year goes to the recording artist.

Childish Gambino performing at Lovebox festival at Gunnersbury Park on July 14, 2018 in London, England.

The song caused a stir last May when Gambino released its ambitious video, which was full of racial symbolism.

The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints the Grammys have frequently failed to recognize rap and hip-hop artists in the major categories.

Earlier this week in an interview with the New York Times, longtime Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich acknowledged, "We continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world."

It's unclear if Childish Gambino's wins on Sunday change that.

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