Chance the Rapper has won the Best New Artist Award at the 2017 Grammys.
On the 2017 ballot Chance was featured against country breakouts Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, hip-hop/soul fusionist Anderson .Paak, and electronic music powerhouses the Chainsmokers.
“Glory be to God,” Chance said accepting while accepting his golden gramophone. “I claim this victory in the name of the Lord. I want to thank God for my mother and my father who have supported me since I was young, for Kirsten [Corley, his girlfriend], for Kensli [Bennett, his daughter], for all of Chicago. And I want to thank God for putting amazing people in my life …. who have carried me since 2012. I know that people think independence means you do it by yourself. Independence means freedom, and I do it with these people.”
Just a few short years into Chance’s career, the Chicago MC has already made history. Coloring Book, his excellent, exuberant 2016 LP, became the first streaming-only release to ever crack the Billboard 200 and score a Grammy nod. (This is the first year such an album was made eligible for Grammys; the Recording Academy announced new rules in June that would open up streaming-only works and recordings from services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal for awards consideration.) Now, he becomes the first independent artist to ever win the award.