Weekend At The Grammys: Chance The Rapper

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Weekend At The Grammys: Chance The Rapper

He’s not your typical Grammy nominee; he’s never signed a record deal or even sold a physical album of his music. And yet, this year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Chicago native Chance the Rapper will not only perform at the ceremony, alongside the likes of Beyoncé, Adele, The Weeknd, Anderson .Paak, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest, and Bruno Mars, among others, but he will also be up for 7 total Grammy awards himself. When Billboard magazine interviewed Chance’s manager Pat Corcoran back in December, he even stated, “I had no idea. I was so nervous that we were going to be overlooked. I just don’t know how those types of things work.”

Words by Izzy Furlan

This sense of surprise was inevitable, for Chance himself and for his fans. Until this year, Chance’s 2016 release Coloring Book would not have even been considered for a Grammy. At that time, the Grammy eligibility requirements stated that, “For the 58th Annual Grammy Awards ... Recordings must be commercially released in general distribution in the United Stated, i.e. sales by label to a branch or recognized independent distributor, via the Internet, or mail order / retail sales for a nationally marketed product. Recordings must be available for sale from any date within the eligibility period through at least the date of the current year’s voting deadline.” Chance even referenced this in his verse on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam,” which, coincidentally, is also up for the Grammy for Best Song of the Year, against Chance’s own “No Problem.“The song was released on February 14th ; quite a few months before the Recording Academy made their decision:

Read More/Original Source: http://www.thesedays.news/features/2017/2/11/weekend-at-the-grammys

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