The Grammy Awards are not usually a place where you see faith taking a very prominent place. However, one musician at Sunday’s awards took a powerful stand for God in his acceptance speech, stunning many in the audience.
Chance the Rapper, a Chicago hip-hop artist known for his integration of jazz, gospel and psychedelic influences into his music, picked up the Best New Artist trophy at this year’s edition of the Grammy Awards, in addition to Grammys for best rap album and best rap performance.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that Chance released his first album in 2012, which proves just how wonky the Grammy Awards’ definition of “new” is. (And it’s far from the worst instance of this — Fountains of Wayne was nominated for the award in 2004, eight years after the group’s debut album was released.)
However, the “All We Got” rapper (real name: Chancellor Johnathan Bennett) was certainly the most talented in the group of nominees, and he made sure everyone knew who deserved all of the credit.
“Glory be to God,” Chance began his speech. “I claim this victory in the name of the Lord.”
“I want to thank God for my team,” he continued. “I know people think independence means you do it yourself, but independence means freedom. I do it with these folks right here. Glory be to God, I claim the victory in the name of the lord, let’s go!”
He reacted to his other Grammys with similar words.
Now, keep in mind, religious feelings aside, Chance the Rapper is no entertainment-industry conservative. He’s a former Obama volunteer and his father is a top aide for Chicago’s liberal mayor, Rahm Emanuel (although he did tell Chicago Magazine that ““I don’t really follow Rahm’s politics, and the things that I have followed I wasn’t necessarily down to align myself with.”).
However, it’s yet another sign that as much as secular Hollywood would rather we not talk about God, belief isn’t dead. Faith isn’t dead. And, as Chance the Rapper showed, courage isn’t dead, either.
Yes, declarations like this may be rarer than they used to be, and come from unexpected places, but that makes them all the sweeter.
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H/T Chicago Tribune