‘Atlanta’ actor ‘pulls a Kanye West’ and accepts award won by rival show

Keith Stanfield gatecrashed the 'Silicon Valley' acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Keith Stanfield, star of Donald Glover’s FX show Atlanta, gatecrashed an acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards after his show lost out to Silicon Valley.

HBO’s Silicon Valley won Best Comedy Series at the ceremony on Sunday night (December 11), beating Atlanta, Black-ish, Fleabag, Modern Family, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep.

As Silicon Valley executive producer Tom Lassally made his way to the stage, a sailor hat-wearing Stanfield took the microphone and, in a move some have described as “pulling a Kanye West”, deadpanned: “I want to thank everybody for honouring us in this way. We worked very hard on Silicon Valley. And here we are. Thank you.”


“Wow. No idea who that was,” Lassally said, before giving his actual acceptance speech. Watch below.

Donald Glover – aka Childish Gambino – recently released his third studio album, ‘Awaken, My Love!’. Executively produced by Glover and regular collaborator Ludwig Göransson, the album is an exciting exploration of the soul and funk styles – a definited departure from Childish Gambino’s usual hip-hop direction.

Glover spoke to Billboard recently about the different musical direction that he has taken with ‘Awaken, My Love!’, revealing that he utilised the musical influence of his parents when writing the new record.

“I remember listening to songs my dad would play—albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic—and not understanding the feeling I was feeling,” he said. “I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great… There’s something about that ’70s black music that felt like they were trying to start a revolution.”