What Makes Childish Gambino the 2018 MTV VMAs’ Most Unique Nominee

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Donald Glover is leaving Infantile Gambino behind, however not with out a bang. 

After the 2018 Grammys, the 34-year-old star confirmed his plan to retire the stage name he is carried out beneath for nearly a decade, citing a proverbial “dying clause” he is included in lots of artistic endeavors. “I like endings,” Glover defined backstage to reporters. “I believe they’re necessary to progress.” 

Come September, Glover will embark on his This Is America Tour, a possible finale to Infantile Gambino earlier than unveiling the following iteration of his unstoppable expertise. However for many who did not snag tickets to 13-date trek throughout the U.S., Monday evening’s 2018 MTV Video Music Awards is the right alternative to get additional acquainted with this contemporary day Renaissance man. 

With seven nominations for the provocative, politically-charged music video for “This Is America,” Glover is certainly favored in taking dwelling the evening’s largest honor, Video of the Yr.  

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So what makes Glover one of many VMA’s extra distinctive contenders, particularly up towards music royalty like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Drake? In a uncommon (however not unprecedented) accomplishment for multi-hyphenate performers reminiscent of Glover, he might win each a Video Music Award and an Emmy this 12 months. 

Through the 2017 Emmys ceremony, Glover made history as the primary black star to win Excellent Director for a Comedy Collection for Atlanta. “I blacked out,” he told E! News proper after accepting the award. “I used to be not prepared for that.”

He is nominated 3 times over this time round, for Excellent Lead Actor in a Comedy Collection (Atlanta), Excellent Visitor Actor in a Comedy Collection (Saturday Night time Dwell) and Excellent Director for a Selection Collection (Saturday Night time Dwell). It is probably the Hollywood International Press Affiliation will even acknowledge Glover on the 2019 Golden Globes, one other award present he’s previously won at twice. 

What additionally separates Glover from the remainder of his VMAs competitors is the sheer magnitude of aspects inside the leisure trade that he dominates. 

Three studio albums, two commercially profitable tv tasks and quite a few roles in blockbusters reminiscent of The MartianSolo: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming live-action Lion King reboot barely skims the floor of what Glover has achieved within the 16 years he is labored in Hollywood. 

And for somebody so passionate concerning the artwork he creates, Glover’s artistic course of is surprisingly uncomplicated.

“Storytelling is simply simplifying what’s taking place to you,” he told Esquire earlier this 12 months. “Life is only a story. Stuff that occurs to you, you simply put into story mode. I simply take what’s there and put it into story mode on a smaller degree in an effort to be like, ‘Oh my God, that is life! I completely relate to that.'”

Solely time will inform what story he creates on the VMAs. 

Catch Glover when the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards airs stay from Radio Metropolis Music Corridor on Monday, Aug. 20 at 9:00 p.m. EST.


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