#NewRules: Grammys Include Stream-Only Albums

Chance The Rapper continues to change the game when it comes to independent artists. The Chicago-bred artist challenged the recording industry to make streaming-only projects eligible for Grammy nominations.

Now, Grammys are accepting submissions for just that. Pretty dope! The news follows the south side rappers’ ‘Chance 3: Coloring Book’ project, which was the first of its kind to break into the Billboard 200.

The cool part of this new rule? Grammy interest may see a spike due to its peer-driven approach and music lovers have the opportunity to discover new artists.

Check out the full guidelines here and below 5 other times Chance ‘wowed’ the music game with pure dopeness.

1. First unsigned artist to perform on late night – not once but twice!


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#Angels Tonight ON THE LATE SHOW W/ STEPHEN COLBERT @ 10:35PM Chicago Time / 11:35PM EST / 8:35PM PST #LLSC

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2. Set the tone for indie artists by continuously releasing free music. He makes his coins strictly from merchandise and touring.

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3. Held up Kanye’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ to make sure that the Chris Brown-assisted track “Waves” made the project. Chance helped with production and writing on five cuts on the album.

4. He’s a Chi-town hero. Chance created his platform and remains dedicated to helping youth in his Chicago hometown. From open mike sessions at the Harold Washington Library (a program dedicated to his slain friend, Mike) to partnering with various organizations and museums in Downtown Chicago to give at-risk youth a new perspective of life, Chance uses his status as a gateway to constantly give back.


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5. Partnered with New Era to re-design the Chicago White Sox ball caps.

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And he’s still so humble! #Respect