2016 has been a win at every turn for Chance The Rapper. Numerous late night performances, a wildly successful album and tour, and now, seven GRAMMY nominations. All of this without ever charging a dime for his musical offerings. As far as I’m concerned, Chance is a damn national treasure.
Today (December 6), the 2016 GRAMMY Award nominations were released, and just as is the case with the rest of this year, Chance The Rapper’s presence is heavily felt on the list. Chance’s nominations are as follows:
Best Rap Performance - "No Problem" ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Best Rap/Sung Performance - Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam" ft.
Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Best Rap Song - "Famous" (Kanye West ft. Rihanna)
Best Rap Song - "No Problem" ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Best Rap Song - Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam" ft. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Best Rap Album - Coloring Book
Best New Artist
Not only did Chance get nominated for his work on two separate projects, he also made history with his Best Rap Album nomination, as Coloring Book is officially the first streaming-only project to receive a GRAMMY nomination.
I’m not personally one to read too much into the GRAMMYs, as I’ve seen countless deserving artists snubbed by the committee. Several artists this year apparently feel the same, including Frank Ocean, who purposely withheld his name from the ballots. But this particular situation is symbolic of both a more contemporary GRAMMY paradigm and the potential of an artist that truly stands for the people and is rewarded for it.
While we wait to see how many of these category wins Chance actually snags, let’s take a moment to salute the man who’s changed the way we look at the music industry with a smile on his face the whole time.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
Photo Credit: Greg Noire