Chance the Rapper
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February 12, 2017 08:15 PM

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.”

Check out PEOPLE’s full 2017 Grammys coverage.

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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.

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