Chance The Rapper Throws Grammy Nomination Party
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) December 7, 2016
Chance The Rapper was nominated for seven Grammys this week, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song. He held a nomination party in Chicago Tuesday evening (Dec. 6), with Fake Shore Drive on hand to capture the above celebratory speech.
"Tonight we won, because I got nominated for a Grammy," Chance says, a bottle in hand. "And I don’t plan on waiting until February to figure out if I won or lost. I decided tonight that because I’m surrounded by my best friends, by my family, that tonight was the winning night and I wanted to celebrate with you guys here in Chicago rather than wait 'til I'm in Los Angeles. If I do win any Grammys on that night, I promise that when I get on the stage, I’m gonna say, ‘Glory be to God, I claim the victory in the name of the Lord.' And if I don't win, at least I got to say it right now."
Chance's nominations are of particular note since his Coloring Book project, for which he is mostly nominated, was exclusively a free release through streaming services. The Grammys just opened up the nominations to such releases, though they said recently that Chance wasn't the deciding factor to do so. “I’d say [Chance’s petition] had no influence at all,” Head of Awards Bill Freimuth said. “Streaming is an issue that we’ve been talking about for a couple years now and seeing how it came on the horizon and got on our radar, we started thinking about what our response or approach to streaming should be."
Catch Chance's warm words up above.
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