Chance the Rapper on 12th February became the first black rapper to bag an award in the category of The Best New Artist since 1999 at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The 23-year-old rapper-artist picked up the ‘The Best New Artist’ for his third official mixtape, ‘Coloring Book’. Jennifer Lopez presented the artist with the coveted award of ‘The Best New Artist’.
Chance in his accepting speech, thanked his frequent collaborator Peter Cottontale and he was also grateful to his manager Pat, who have helped him in being independent from every major label since embarking on his career as a rapper in 2012. He said that he wants to thank God for putting such amazing people in his life, like Pete and Pat who has carried him since 2012.
He also talked about the importance of being independent in his acceptance speech and said that he knows that people think that independence means you do it by yourself but independence means freedom. He further said that, “but independence means freedom. I do it with these folks right here. Glory be to God! I claim the victory in the name of the lord! Let’s go,”
Chance beat out Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers and Anderson Paak in the category for Best New Artist. Chance the Rapper not only broke a long dry spell in the process but he also made history by winning Best Rap Album as it was the first time that the award went to a streamed-only album.