Los Angeles, CA – The Grammys can’t get enough of Chance The Rapper.
After picking up awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance, the risen star won the award for Best Rap Album with Coloring Book to the surprise of some (including Chance himself) and the delight of many more.
Chance picked up the Best Rap Album award against some tough competition: Drake’s mega-selling VIEWS, Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, DJ Khaled’s Major Key, De La Soul’s …and the Anonymous Nobody and ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP.
— Michael Anderson (@Michael_RU17) February 13, 2017
(This article has been updated. The following was first published earlier in the night.)
Chance The Rapper took home the prize for Best New Artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards, beating out Anderson .Paak, the Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Kelsea Ballerini for the honor.
The Chicago MC, whose debut mixtape 10 Day dropped in 2012, has seen his popularity skyrocket since the release of his Coloring Book mixtape. The project peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and also earned the top spot on DX’s Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2016.
Chance thanked God several times in his acceptance speech, as well as the team who helped him get to where he is today.
“I know people think independence means you do it for yourself. Independence means freedom,” he said.
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 13, 2017
— People Magazine (@people) February 13, 2017
— Christian P. Bryant (@BryantCP) February 13, 2017
Chance the Rapper is the first black hip hop artist to win Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill #GRAMMYs
— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) February 13, 2017
Chance also picked up Best Rap Performance for “No Problems” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, which prompted a congratulatory message from Drake, who was nominated in the same category for “Pop Style.” The “No Problems” record also topped HipHopDX’s Most Lit Rap Songs of 2016.
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“I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the grammy” pic.twitter.com/vwo9AklDHP
— Chance The Rapper (@ChanceActivity) February 13, 2017
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Check out Chance talking about that win below.