NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Childish Gambino (L) and JD McCrary perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Childish Gambino – aka Donald Glover – said he would tell his younger self that “nothing is what it seems and you have to control your destiny.” The Georgia native reminded reporters that the new season of “Atlanta” begins March 1 on FX and “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in which he plays a young Lando Calrissian, arrives in May. Glover also confirmed that his comments last year about saying goodbye to Childish Gambino haven’t changed after winning his first Grammy Award.
“I stand by that. I really appreciated this, but I like endings,” he said. “I think they’re important to progress. I think if a lot of things had death clauses, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world.”
The singer said she’s working on a new album (“I’m proud of it – it’s honest”) and further explained her comment while accepting her award that all artists should be given a chance.
“In the music industry I think there are amazing artists who have started awesome trends who don’t get the same shot because they aren’t mainstream or not on the charts. Everyone should get one of these (a Grammy) and get acknowledged for the amazing work that they do.”
"'Wildflowers' is my favorite album of all time. I judge all other things by that,” he said. “I got to be on tour with Tom this past year and the last thing he said to me was, ‘I hope we can do more of this again,’ and that was such a big thrill to me. It was really a hard for me to do tonight – I was tearing up a little bit before I walked out (to perform). We lost a lot of great artists last year. It’s been a rough year.”
Logic said the Recording Academy suggested he make some kind of speech during his live performance. “I’m not Tupac. I’m not this prophetic dude. I just want to make music and have fun; however, I have a power that a lot of people in this world don’t and I’ve been given a stage that 1 percent get, and I decided if I have this power, I’m going to use it for positivity and everybody is beautiful and the world isn’t equal – and I thought we should fight for that.
Regarding his bleeped comment, Logic said, “Regarding the president …I’m not a politician, but if that man can call those beautiful places [expletive], then I can say they are not [expletive] and they are amazing.”
Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said, when asked how he felt about Sunday’s ceremony, “If you put this show in a time capsule and you put it away and someone 50 years from now wants to say, ‘What was in like in America in 2017-18? What was the vibe? What were people thinking? I would say you could put this 3 ½-hour show on and you would know what people are thinking."
“When they asked, I said heck yeah, who wouldn’t want to be Col. Sanders? I grew up with KFC my whole life and then I saw the scripts and the concepts and I thought it was hysterical.”
Backstage, the ever-gracious @reba explained why she's wearing a white rose at the #GRAMMYs: "My interpretation of the white rose is, let’s treat each other like we want to be treated, it’s the golden rule…let’s just treat people kindly." pic.twitter.com/1lDxgvQY2D
“His influence was huge on me. Some of the first music I learned to play were Allman Brothers records … Gregg and my wife (Amanda Shires) became really good friends, and when she got pregnant with our daughter, he still let her tour. He put his hand on her stomach and said, ‘It’s going to be a girl – I’m never wrong about these things.’”
Biggest congrats to @JasonIsbell. Nashville Sound was a tremendous record.