By APRIL BLAIR – Many teenagers tune in to award shows such as the Grammys every year to support their favorite artists. This year, the 59th annual Grammys takes place on February 12, 2017. In June 2016, the Grammys announced the official rules have changed in order for streaming-only releases to be eligible for nominations, with the intent that the rule change would apply to Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” and Frank Ocean’s “Endless.” However, with nominations revealed in December 2016, Ocean was not nominated, and Chance broke award show history by being nominated for seven Grammys.
Chance the Rapper is nominated for Best New Artist along with Maren Morris, The Chainsmokers, Kelsea Ballerini, and Anderson .Paak. Junior Leo Lezzer says, “It’s great he’s becoming more popular and he’s a great rapper, but his old stuff is definitely better.”
In 2012, Chance released his first official mixtape “10 Day” as a free digital download. His second mixtape “Acid Rap” earned him further deserved recognition. Three of his songs from his “Coloring Book,” his third mixtape, released May 16, 2016 are nominated for “Best Rap Song.” These being “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West featuring Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, The-Dream, and “Famous” by Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Swizz Beatz.
Senior Danyal Bajwa says, “His music is entertaining and the songs on his new album have a special meaning behind them. They’re very nostalgic and the style of music hits you.”
This independent artist has turned down all record labels to remain individualistic. He even incorporates his feelings about this topic into his song “Blessings 2.” “Kanye’s best prodigy, he ain’t sign me but he proud of me,” referring to Kanye’s offer.
Chance the Rapper has collaborated with many rappers like Kanye, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino and many more. Junior Tommy Arbuckle says, “Chance has something different than other rappers, and his sound is more chill.”
There is a possibility of Chance snatching these Grammys even though he’s up against some big competition such as Kanye West, Drake, and Beyonce.