The 2017 Grammy nominations came out this morning, and none other than Chance The Rapper is nominated for seven awards. Now at first glance, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise given that Chance may literally be the best rapper in the game these days. However, Chance’s Coloring Book, the album for which he is nominated, is the first streaming-only project to receive Grammy consideration.
Via Business Insider:
Chance the Rapper earned seven nominations in a historic first appearance. Chance’s acclaimed streaming-only 2016 album Coloring Book is the first such project to be nominated for a Grammy, and he’s up for best rap album and best new artist, among other awards.
Earlier this year, Chance, who’s only 23 despite a significant body of work, led a successful petition to get the Recording Academy (the voting body that awards the Grammys) to recognize streaming-only albums at the Grammy awards for the first time. Chance’s two albums before Coloring Book were released as free downloads.
Facing off in best rap album category, Chance will be competing against Drake, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, De La Soul, and ScHoolboy Q. As well as Best Rap Album, Chance is up for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for “No Problem,” Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Ultralight Beam” with Kanye West, and Best Rap Song for both “No Problem” and “Ultralight Beam.”
The 59th Grammy Awards will take place on February 12, 2017. Check out the full list of nominees here.