Donald Glover won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a TV Comedy of musical for his performance as Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks on Atlanta, which is a series that he also co-wrote and executive produced. The show also won the prize for Best TV Series Comedy or Musical.
Atlanta saw off stiff competition from the likes of Black-ish, Mozart, Graves, Transparent and Jungle in those respective categories.
Upon receiving the award, Glover made the following speech: "I really wanted to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta. I only cared about what people in Atlanta thought. You can't name a show Detroit and then have Detroit people hate it. I was only caring if my parents thought it was cool, if I could go to a Chick-Fil-A and see that people knew the new Donald Glover show.” In so doing, he emphasised that the secret to the success of the show, in his opinion, was the fact that it had a personal and authentic nature that had been created by not trying to please everyone - but rather simply by creating a show that the his friends and family would like.
A further highlight in his speech occurred when he referred to popular US Hip Hop group Migos as "the Beatles of our generation", and thanked them for one of their latest videos, 'Bad and Boujee'. He stated "this shout out is the pinnacle of Hip Hop. Transcending Migos to the masses. Next week, Bad and Boujee is going to hit number 1 on the billboard charts and Migos are gonna push 100k first week!". He follows other major artists to praise the group, following outspoken MC Chance The Rapper last week.
For those who have not yet seen the show, Atlanta stars Glover as Earnest Marks, who is a Princeton dropout trying to support himself and his family by acting as a manager to his cousin, an emerging rapper named Paper Boi.
You can watch Glover's whole backstage interview afterwards:
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