Chance the Rapper, the first ever artist to be nominated at the Grammys for a streaming-only album, is set to perform at music's biggest night next week—a much-needed win in terms of star power for the awards show.
Earlier last year, Frank Ocean didn't even submit his album Blonde for consideration, telling The New York Times, "I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated.” And Kanye West will not be in attendance either, as he had made clear that if Ocean's album didn't receive a nomination, he'd be a no-show. Justin Bieber and Drake are also reportedly skipping out, according to TMZ, even though both artists are leaders in terms of nomination counts.
Chance, who'll also headline Governor's Ball this summer, is nominated for 7 awards, including Best Rap Song and Best New Artist. He joins Adele, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, A Tribe Called Quest, Sturgill Simpson, Little Big Town, Gary Clark Jr. and William Bell in the performance roster. Here's a video of Chance live on SNL, performing our favorite of his songs, "Sunday Candy:"
The Grammys will air live on CBS Sunday, February 12, at 8 PM EST.