Multi-talented performer Donald Glover took a big stride toward joining the elusive EGOT club — but it’s not an honor he’s particularly concerned about.
The artist, who performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino, won his first Grammy at Sunday’s award show when he was named the recipient of best traditional R&B performance honors for his song “Redbone.” He’s already won a pair of Emmys for his series “Atlanta,” meaning he’s an Oscar and a Tony award from becoming the 13th person to win all four.
“(That’s) a little scary. There’s a lot of pressure … ‘Now you got to get an Oscar.’ That’s a lot of work,” he told reporters backstage after the ceremony at Madison Square Garden. “That’s a lot of work. But I believe in expression, so I think it’d be cool but it’s not what I’m aiming for. But if it happens, it happens.”
Childish Gambino performing “Terrified.”
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Aubrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg are among the performers who have earned an EGOT.
In addition to his Grammy win, Glover, 34, was nominated for four other awards, including two of the night’s most-coveted honors in record of the year for “Redbone” and album of the year for “Awaken, My Love!”
Despite his success, Glover reiterated his intentions to retire Childish Gambino — a plan he hinted at months ago.
“I stand by that,” he said Sunday. “I’m really appreciative of this, and I’m still making another project. But I like endings. I think they’re important to progress.
“I think endings are good because they force things to get better.”
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Gambino said it felt good to create a song like “Redbone” that resonated with people so strongly.
“I was in London the entire time it was huge,” he said. “I’d hear it on the radio sometimes in London, but my mom and just people being like, ‘It’s everywhere.” And it getting used in ‘Get Out.’ It’s nice to just be part of a moment culturally.”
He also explained why he believes music is the “most hypnotizing element.”
This image released by FX shows Lakeith Stanfield, from left, Brian Tyree Henry and Donald Glover in “Atlanta.”
“I always aim for a 6-year-old and a 60-year-old (with music),” he said. “Like, my grandma knows ‘Despacito,’ and so does my son. And they’re both like, ‘This is the s–t.’ I think people forget how beautiful and how important that is.”
Glover’s FX series “Atlanta” returns in March, and he’s set to join a galaxy far, far away in May when he portrays Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”