Donald Glover won two Emmys for his FX series “Atlanta” — Best Comedy Actor and Best Comedy Directing — but his awards season may not be over. He’s in a unique position of potentially competing at the Grammys right after competing at the Emmys.
In addition to his work as an actor, writer, and director, Glover is a hip-hop recording artist under the stage name Childish Gambino. In December 2016, not long after the premiere of “Atlanta,” he released his third studio album, “Awaken, My Love,” which is eligible for awards in 2018 (the Grammy eligibility period was October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017). It was a departure for Glover, who usually raps but in this case leaned towards R&B and funk. It received strong reviews — 77 on MetaCritic — and debuted in the top five on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It featured the single “Redbone,” which peaked at number-12 on the Hot 100, which was Glover’s best chart performance to date.
Glover has yet to be nominated in the general field, but he has been nominated for Grammys before: in 2015 he contended for Best Rap Performance (“3005”) and Best Rap Album (“Because the Internet”). So even if he doesn’t make it into the top categories of Record, Song, and Album of the Year, we might see him again in genre races — most likely R&B instead of rap. And given his increased notoriety after a year of racking up plaudits for “Atlanta” the recording academy may want to jump on the bandwagon by giving him a win or two.
What do you think? Is Glover about to expand his awards collection?
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