2016 in Review: Chance the Rapper

12 reasons why Chano had the best year EVER

Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Jason Koerner, Getty Images • December 5, 2016

Chance the Rapper has built an empire around his songwriting and rapping talents, but that doesn’t mean the hip hop artist is limited to just that. The Chi-Town native was awarded Chicago’s “Outstanding Youth of the Year Award” in 2014 and boasts the No. 7 spot on “Forbes 30 Under 30” music list of 2015. As we are now approaching the end of 2016, lets take a look at 12 reasons why this year has been his BEST to date:

  1. Chance’s year kicked off with a charitable achievement. Warmest Winter Chicago, a cause Chance supports, reached its $100K fundraising goal on Jan. 5, 2016.


  2. He threw the ceremonial first pitch for his beloved Chicago White Sox.


  3. Chance the Rapper's third mixtape, Coloring Book, became the first streaming-only album to chart on the Billboard 200.


  4. The GRAMMYs announced a rule change making streaming-only albums eligible to win, which put Coloring Book in the running to win one of those gold gramophones.


  5. Hands down, he had the MOST fun at the VMAs. He rocked the red carpet in his signature overalls + baseball cap look…


  6. and reacted as any of us would when BEYONCÉ happened.


  7. Chance dreamed of bringing a festival to Chicago—Magnificent Coloring Day was born. If he’s not already your hero, he retrieved tickets to the sold out event from scalpers and sold them to fans at the door.


  8. He used his art to make a statement with an epic Ellen performance featuring Lil Wayne and 2Chainz.


  9. He secured an invitation to President Obama’s last State Dinner and brought his DAD. Cue the heart eyes emoji.


  10. He showed exactly how sweet he is and starred in a Kit Kat commercial as “Chance the Wrapper.”


  11. During Election Week, he threw a free concert in Chicago, then paraded with his fans to the nearest polling place.


  12. And he’s pretty much the only person this year who can say “I stood next to Santa and POTUS while singing “Jingle Bells.” Check out those adorable third grade Christmas pageant moves...