Chance the Rapper has won the best new artist at the 2017 Grammys.
The 23-year-old independent artist gave an impassioned acceptance speech at the award show, thanking God, his Chicago hometown and his 15-month-old daughter Kensli.
“I wanna thank God for my mother and my father who’ve supported me since I was young. For Kirsten and Kensli, for all of Chicago,” he said.
On the 2017 ballot Chance the Rapper was featured against country breakouts Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, hip-hop/soul fusionist Anderson .Paak, and electronic music powerhouses the Chainsmokers.
Before the show, the rapper nabbed the award for best rap performance thanks to his track “No Problem.”
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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 the 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.