Where was Donald Glover? Childish Gambino wasn't at the Grammys to accept big wins
From surprise appearances to bizarre performances, here are 5 can't-miss moments from the Grammy Awards. USA TODAY
Have you seen Donald Glover? Also goes by the name of Childish Gambino. Recently seen sporting a blond beard.
The multi-hyphenate artist was nominated for five Grammy awards and won four of them. Not just any four though, the rapper won awards for Best Music Video, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Record of the Year, for "This Is America." According to Billboard, it was the first rap song to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
It was a huge history-making night for Glover, and everyone was there to witness it except for the man of the hour himself. According to Pitchfork, the last time an artist won any of the big four awards (song, record and album of the year plus best new artist) and wasn't present to accept was Amy Winehouse at the 2007 Grammys, because of a denied visa. But even she was buzzed in via satellite to accept the awards herself.
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The 35-year-old rapper, who is also a comedian, was nowhere to be found on Grammy Sunday even though he was spotted just a couple days prior at Ludwig Göransson's pre-Grammy party on Thursday. He was even pictured debuting his new blond beard. Maybe this was all a joke? Or a statement like the one he made with the "This is America" video?
If it was a joke, no one was in on it.
Göransson, who co-wrote "This is America," accepted the award but when asked by reporters where Glover was, even he had no idea.
"I haven’t talked to him yet, but I’m going to call him after the award show, and I’m sure we’re going to have a little conversation,” Göransson told reporters following the win.
The rest of the "This is America" team who talked to reporters backstage also had no idea.
Riley Mackin, who also worked on the song, said he's not sure where Glover was either.
"The last time I've seen him was a couple days ago, and he walked out and I haven't seen him since," Mackin told reporters. "I think anything Donald does is a little strange."
Donald Glover's musical colleagues answer questions about why the rapper/actor wasn't at the Grammy Awards. (Feb. 11)
Glover declined a performance spot for the Grammys, producer Ken Ehrlich told The New York Times.
USA TODAY has reached out to Glover's representatives to see if they know where he is — no word yet.