The Grammys aren’t until February, but Chance the Rapper is already celebrating. On Tuesday (December 6), the Recording Academy announced its 2017 nominees, and Chance is up for seven — seven!!! — awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Song for “No Problem.”
Not bad for a rapper who released his latest mixtape for free. Last June, the Academy made streaming-only releases eligible for Grammys. Thanks to this change, Chance’s Coloring Book is now up for Best Rap Album.
“Tonight we won, because I got nominated for a Grammy,” Chance told his friends and family Tuesday night in Chicago, his hometown. “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.”
Local music blog Fake Shore Drive captured his full speech in the video below.
Chance even previewed his Grammy acceptance speech for the crowd. “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.’”