When The Recording Academy determined that streaming-only albums are eligible for Grammy nominations, the possibility opened up for independent artist Chance the Rapper to be recognized for his popular acclaim. And it turns out all he needed was the green light in order for Coloring Book to be given the consideration it deserves. Chance the Rapper is officially nominated for seven Grammys, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Best New Artist, (a curious nomination considering his first mixtape dropped back in 2013). Though it took some time for the Academy to open up, we’re so happy that independent artists such as Chance the Rapper are now being recognized for innovating the genre and producing wonderful music.
2016 was certainly a year of blessings for the Chicago rapper. This past May, Chance dropped Coloring Book, his second mixtape, which was bursting with hits and guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Future, and more. In September, he hosted his very own music festival in south side Chicago at Cellular Field. It was truly a crowning achievement for the 23 year old, who was able to bring in the incredible talents of John Legend, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Skrillex, and more. All of this in addition to his Magnificent Coloring World Tour, which took Chance to venues all over the country.
Chance’s seven Grammy nods tops off an incredible 12 months in his career, all of which was made possible without the reigns of being beneath a record label. His hit single “No Problem“, which is nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, wouldn’t have been created if not for Chance’s strong stance against record labels and the ownership of music. Upon hearing the good news, Chance delivered a “practice” speech to his fans during a show Tuesday night in Chicago. “If I do win any Grammys on that night, I promise that when I get on the stage, I’m gonna say ‘Glory be to God, I claim the victory in the name of the Lord.'” Check out the full list of 2017 Grammy Nominations here.
It seems that blessings do really keep falling in his lap. And we wish him many, many more. We’ll have to wait until February to see the outcome of these nominations which are finally embracing the future of music. Until then, check out Chance and co. perform “No Problem” on The Ellen DeGeneres show, which continues to be one of our favorite live appearances he’s made this year: