Chicago’s very own Chance The Rapper made Grammy Awards history Tuesday.
History was made on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 6 as The Recording Academy revealed its nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Among the list of expected nominees, including Drake, Beyonce and Adele, sits Chance The Rapper. The Chicago emcee and his 13-song Coloring Book project are in contention for snagging multiple awards including Best Rap Album, making it the first streaming-only album to receive a Grammy nomination.
Although the nod is an accomplishment, Coloring Book has been history since its release in May. It reached No. 8 on Billboard’s charts and was credited as the first streaming-exclusive album to ever do so with over 57 million streams its first week, equating to 38,000 units sold.
Chance is up for seven awards in all, from Best New Artist to Best Rap Song. In addition to his single “No Problem,” which currently sits at over 89 million streams on Spotify, his contributions to Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” give him twice the chances of winning the latter.
What’s more, the windy city native has bolstered his resume without the backing of a record label. According to the Grammy’s nomination page, the only record label responsible for Chance The Rapper’s feat is Chance himself. So far his career has proven that independent musicians can release chart-worthy albums, tour domestically and internationally and receive Grammy nominations.
Typically the award given to the winner of the Best Rap Album category is not televised. But as many things in Chance’s career, this inadvertently works to his advantage. According to Chance, he considers Coloring Book to be a mixtape rather than an album.
So, if he does win this category he’ll need to have his award altered to read as the Best Rap Mixtape.