Childish Gambino performing at last year's Grammys ceremony

Childish Gambino has made Grammy Awards history by winning both song and record of the year for This Is America.

It’s the first time a rap song has won both categories – although Gambino did not attend or perform at the event.

He was the first artist to be absent from collecting one of the “big four” Grammys since Amy Winehouse in 2008.

Gambino – aka actor Donald Glover – beat competition from Drake, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in both categories.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All The Stars, Brandi Carlile’s The Joke and The Middle by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey were also up for both awards.

This Is America, which was accompanied by a symbolic music video, sparked debate when it was released in May.

It looked at the representation of black people in America and the prejudices they faced.

While record of the year recognises everyone involved in a song, including the artist, producers and engineers, song of the year is awarded to the writer.

This Is America co-writer Ludwig Goransson collected the awards on Gambino’s behalf.

He said he did not know why Gambino had declined to attend but explained how important recognising rap and hip-hop artists at the Grammys was.

Gambino, aka Donald Glover, in a scene from the This Is America video

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