On Tuesday December 6th, the Recording Academy revealed its nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Among the usual nominees, is Chance, a 23-year-old rapper, who was nominated 7 times, and the first to receive a nomination for a streaming-exclusive album, Coloring Book.
Chancelor ‘Chance’ Johnathan Bennett is a new hip-hop artist from Chicago, Illinois, with his mix tape Coloring book released just last May as a streaming-exclusive album.
His other albums include: “10 Day”, released in 2012 and “Acid Rap” in 2013.
Chance was nominated for 7 awards, from Best New Artist to Best Rap album. All 7 include: Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, two Best Rap/Sung Performance nominations, and Best Rap Song for two of his songs “No Problem” and “Ultralight Beam”.
Since its release in May, Coloring book has been making history, when it received 57 million streams in the first week, and reached No. 8 on Billboard’s charts, making it the first ever streaming-only album to reach that rank.
According to the Grammy’s nomination page, Chance has also impressively boosted his name without the backing of a record label. His career so far proves that independent musicians can also release chart-worthy albums, providing hope and inspiration for many more artists to come. This would hopefully pave the way for a whole new slew of music.
The rapper took to Twitter in response saying: “Glory be God. I’m nominated for 7 #grammys. Thank you to everyone who worked on Coloring Book, I love you.”
Other nominees include Beyonce, with a whopping nine nominations, the most out of all of the nominees, Drake, Rhianna, and Kanye West with eight, and British star Adele with five.
The highly-anticipated awards ceremony, presented by the Recording Academy, is set to air on February 12, 2017 and will recognize musical artists that have demonstrated astounding audio achievements in the United States in 2016.