A 23-year-old rapper who has no label just made history with his Grammy win

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Chance the Rapper has just made history at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

With the 23-year-old rapper’s win for best new artist, the Chicago native is the first artist ever to be nominated and win a Grammy for an artist who released a streaming-only album.

Before this year’s Grammys nominations were announced, the rules were changed to allow artists who were unsigned or released streaming-only albums to be eligible. Many saw the move from the Recording Academy, which gives out the Grammy Awards, as an endorsement of Chance specifically and his acclaimed album “Colouring Book.”

Chance is also not signed to a label, another first at the Grammys.

He’s nominated for seven awards in total at the 2017 Grammys. Before the show, he won best rap performance for “No Problem.”

While on stage to accept the best new artist Grammy, Chance thanked God and “all of Chicago.”


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