Chance The Rapper scored big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
The 23-year-old Chicago rapper won his first ever Grammy award for Best Rap Performance for the track “No Problem” earlier today. During the primetime ceremony, he also took the home the prestigious awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. The rapper, who earned seven Grammy nominations this year, released his mixtape “Coloring Book” to mainstream success last year and has been on a wildly successful streak since. Then, there’s this impressive fact:
“Glory be to God. I claim this victory in the name of the Lord,” he said onstage accepting the award for Best New Artist. The rapper also acknowledged what the accomplishment means to him as an independent artist. “I know that people think independence means you do it by yourself but independence means freedom. I do it with these folks right here,” he said.
There truly seems to be no stopping his #BlackBoyJoy, a phrase Chance himself has embraced and helped to popularize on social media. Fellow rapper Drake, who also won a Grammy on Sunday for Best Rap Song on Sunday, sent along his congratulatory remarks to share in the delight ― which Chance shared on Instagram shortly after.
Chance The Rapper, who is a vocal advocate for equality and has worked alongside social justice causes, also joins singer Solange as a first-time ever Grammy-award recipient. The “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer also won her first Grammy award on Sunday for Best R&B performance.
Congrats to them all and welcome to the club, Chance.