Chance the Rapper won the Grammy for Best Rap Album on Sunday night, rising above a crowded field that also included Kanye West, Drake, DJ Khaled, Schoolboy Q, and De La Soul.
Chicago’s 23-year-old hip-hop phenomenon continued his rapid ascent, scoring the coveted award over genre titans like West and Drake. The ebullient MC turned heads with his third mixtape — including those at the Recording Academy who, despite their assertion that it had nothing to do with Chance, changed their eligibility rules for this year’s event to allow streaming-only albums to contend for awards. Chance is up for seven other awards at this year’s Grammys, including the Best New Artist trophy, which he won earlier in the evening.
“I didn’t think that we were going to get this one,” he started his Best Rap Album acceptance speech. “I just, once again, want to thank God for everything that he’s accomplished for me, everything that he’s went through for me.” He also thanked his family and gave a shout-out to independent artists and SoundCloud.
See the full list of the night’s winners here.