The Grammys had everyone talking. Not only did Adele split her award with Beyonce, but Chance the Rapper was nominated for seven awards and won three. Taking home Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance.
Thanks to a change in the Grammy rules, streaming and unsigned artists were able to be nominated for the first time this year. His album, Coloring Book, was the first streaming-only one to hit the Billboard 200 chart. Coloring Book took the first win ever for a collection of songs that aren’t released as a physical album or sold digitally.
With the change of how people listen to music, perhaps this will open the Grammys and other musical award shows to new artists and groups who never before felt they had the opportunity to win such prestigious honors.
Chance the Rapper didn’t win his three awards easily either. Coloring Book won Best Rap Album while faced with many popular albums like Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, Drake’s VIEWS, and DJ Khaled’s Major Key, and his Best Rap Performance “No Problem” defeated Desiigner’s Panda.
During Chance’s acceptance speech for Best New Artist, he thanked God many times while also acknowledging what the feat really meant to him as an independent artist saying, “I know that people think independence means you do it by yourself but independence means freedom.”
His feat means a lot to many as he is the rst black hip-hop artist to win Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill in 1999, but Chance didn’t have such a smooth beginning.
Born Chancelor Bennett on April 16, 1993, Chance the Rapper was a typical rebellious kid from Chicago. As a young boy, he was obsessed with all things music and even formed a hip-hop group with his friend in high school known as “Instrumentality.”
Chance’s father, who worked as an aide for mayors and senators, wanted him to pursue a political career like him, but Chance fell with the wrong crowd. He had a long line of drug abuse, which lasted until a sobering conversation with his father. After which, he rededicated his life to God. Near the same time, Chance learned that his girlfriend was pregnant with his child. He has quite the turn around, and since, his career has soared. It’s a fantastic thing to know that a completely independent artist of color won multiple Grammys during this Black History Month all while never selling any of his music, giving it to his fans for free.