Adding to his growing list of accomplishments, Donald Glover would win his first GRAMMY for Bets Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone.” He also set the stage on fire with a performance of “Terrified,” along with young actor and singer JD McCrary; the performance also served as a precursor to the pair’s forthcoming performances as Simba in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King.
While backstage Glover would speak on his GRAMMY win while fielding common questions from the press, but he also would confirm once again that his next Childish Gambino album would indeed be his last (he first announced the news during his Governors Ball performance in 2017, and again in an interview with the Huffington Post).
“I stand by that. I’m really appreciative of this. I’m making another project right now. But I like endings, I think they’re important to progress,” Glover said. “I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think ending are good because they force things to get better.”
Glover’s final album will be his first on a major label, as he signed to RCA Records earlier in January.
Before the GRAMMYs, Glover took the stage at the Citi Sound Vault Pre-Grammy show and blessed the crowd with an impromptu performance that found him covering Stevie Wonder’s “Superwoman” and freestyling for a good ten minutes.
As a random aside, “Redbone” was the subject of a commercial for the new iPhone, featuring Animojis singing the song as well as the Migos‘ “Stir Fry.”