February 13, 2017


Chance the Rapper Wins Best New Artist at GRAMMYs 2017: Watch

Kevin WinterKevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS
Kevin WinterKevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

Congratulations to Chance the Rapper, who won Best New Artist at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards! The artist praised God first and included his daughter Kinsley in his acceptance speech after taking one of the most coveted gramophones of the night. 

"I know people think independence means working by yourself. Independence means freedom," Chance proudly exclaimed onstage as the audience roared in agreement. Lil Chano was up against some tough contenders in the category: Kelsea Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, Maren Morris and Anderson .Paak. Saying 2016 was an awesome year for Chance would be an understatement, who kicked things off by dropping his third mixtape Coloring Book in May and ended it by making our best breakout artists of 2016 list.

Rolling Stone pointed out Chance's win makes him the first black hip-hop artist to win in the category since Lauryn Hill in 1999. See his full acceptance speech below:

Coloring Book made history on its own when became the first streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination. Yes, the critically acclaimed mixtape is also up for Best Rap Album tonight. Earlier in the ceremony's broadcast, Chance won the Best Rap Performance award for "No Problem" featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

Click here to keep up to date on the GRAMMYs 2017 winners list. Next up, watch a young Chance the Rapper interview with Fuse as part of our Future Black History Month celebration: