Gina Vaynshteyn
January 28, 2018 5:52 pm

Actor, comedian, writer, director, and musician Donald Glover (who you probably know from TV shows Community, or Atlanta) is also known as Childish Gambino, Glover’s stage name. Childish Gambino has released three albums, Camp (2011), Because the Internet (2013), and Awaken, My Love! (2016), and if you’re on the internet right now and keep seeing “Childish Gambino” popping up everywhere, it’s because Childish Gambino performed at the 2018 Grammy Awards, and slayed.

Glover performed “Terrified,” even though he was nominated for “Redbone” (you know, that song you’ve literally been hearing everywhere because it’s so good it makes you cry). He performed alongside actor/singer JD McCrary, who is freakin’ nine years old, and more talented than I’ll ever be. McCrary is featured in Awaken, My Love! and sings the line, “You can’t run from me.”

Childish Gambino is up for five awards: Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Awaken, My Love!, and Record of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone.”

You might be wondering where the name “Childish Gambino” came from. According to reddit, a name generator gave it to Donald Glover. Redditor moonfluff writes, “It was made in 2002. If you actually type Donald Glover and enter it, Childish Gambino pops up.”

It’s true — if you type “Donald Glover” into the Mess.be MSN name generator, you get “Childish Gambino.”

According to WNYC, Donald Glover truly did get his stage name from a name generator. This is also confirmed on Hollywood Reporter.

Mystery solved.

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