This year is the first time streaming-only albums were eligible to win at the Grammys and Chance the Rapper took full advantage. The hip hop artist won for Best Rap Album Sunday night, notching the first win for a collection of songs that weren’t released as a physical album or sold digitally. Back in May, Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to hit the Billboard 200 chart. Chance also took home Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for the song ‘No Problem’.
The23-year-old Chicago rapper also punctuated his historic night at the Grammys Sunday with a spirited medley of ‘How Great’ and ‘All We Got’, off his Grammy-winning project.
Though Chance is certainly not a new artist, especially not in Chicago, he garnered seven Grammy nominations after the Recording Academy relaxed its eligibility rules last year to allow works released via streaming platforms.
“Glory be to God. I claim this victory in the name of the Lord. I want to thank God for my mother and my father, who supported me since I was young, for Kirsten, for Kensli, for all of Chicago, and I want to thank God for putting amazing people in my life.”
Chance said in accepting his award for best new artist.
He thanked his brother, rapper Taylor Bennett, and gave a shoutout to independent artists in his subsequent acceptance speech for best rap album for ‘Coloring Book’, which was released in May. He managed to beat out his mentor, Kanye West, who was nominated for ‘The Life of Pablo’.
Watch his speech and beautiful performance below.