Chicago's Chance the Rapper wins 3 Grammy Awards

Chance The Rapper accepts the award for best new artist at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Chance the Rapper won three Grammy Awards Sunday night, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.

The rapper won for his album, "Coloring Book," beating out several established performers, including Drake and Kanye West.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tweeted words of encouragement for local artists before the winners were announced.



Another Chicagoan who took home not one, but two Grammys. Singer Lalah Hathaway won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Angel." She also won Best R&B Album for "Lalah Hathaway Live." In that category, she beat out another Chicagoan, BJ the Chicago Kid, who was nominated for "In My Mind."

Earlier, during a non-televised part of the awards ceremony, Chance the Rappper also won a Grammy for best rap performance.

He had no prepared remarks as he accepted the award for Best Rap Album, adding that he didn't expect to win in this category.

But his acceptance speech was just as exuberant as the one for Best New Artist, during which he thanked God and his hometown of Chicago. Emanuel sent a follow-up tweet after Chance's win:


Rolling Stone magazine pointed out on Twitter that Chance was the first African American hip-hop artist to win the award in nearly two decades.



Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo attended the Grammys. He tweeted a picture of himself with his girlfriend, Emily Vakos, before the show and a photo with Chance.

WLS-TV contributed to this report.
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