When we saw Childish Gambino perform one of his first shows in support of his latest effort Awaken, My Love! at Governor’s Ball 2017, it became clear that Donald Glover has officially come into his own as a captivating musical performer. His Grammys performance was nothing short of spectacular, where he brought the heat with a rousing rendition of the incredibly funky “Terrified,” performed from a b-stage in the center of Madison Square Garden, making for an intimate and gloriously tense performance.
This is the first time that Childish Gambino has taken the stage at the prestigious awards, where the meme-creating “Redbone” has already taken home the award for Best Traditional R&B performance. Although his 2014 effort Because The Internet was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2015 ceremony, it ultimately lost to Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2, making Gambino’s Best Traditional R&B Performance award win another first for Donald Glover. After the conclusion of the set came a commercial for the new iPhone, featuring Animojis singing “Redbone.” Check that out below.
Although Glover might be in the process of retiring his music persona Childish Gambino, 2018 is set to be a big year for the multi-industry powerhouse, with the second season of Atlanta premiering on March 1st, a role in the new Han Solo movie that is out in May, and the follow-up to Awaken, My Love! just around the corner.
To kick things off, he is nominated for five trophies at tonight’s awards, including the increasingly unpredictable Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Redbone.” Follow along with the full list of Grammy winners here, which will continue to be updated as the awards roll in.