By Amanda Wicks
Chance the Rapper’s petition earlier this spring to change the GRAMMY rules to include streaming only albums paid off big time. The Chicago rapper earned seven nominations as a result.
CBS This Morning announced the full list of nominees and Chance trailed behind Beyoncé (who earned nine), and Drake and Rihanna (who each earned eight) with an impressive seven nominations for his very first eligible release. Chance was nominated, among other categories, for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (for “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz), as well as Best Rap Performance.
Chance’s mixtape Coloring Book isn’t available to purchase either as a digital download or a physical CD, and that made him ineligible for the GRAMMYs up until June when the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) reversed their decision about streaming only music.
He remained quiet about the accolades on Twitter this morning, but he did retweet one fan whose sentiment expressed exactly what he appeared to be feeling.
Ok the fact that @chancetherapper has 7 nominations is proof God exists and that you don't need to sign a label if art is what you produce—
Lil Max (@bravostydia) December 06, 2016