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Chance The Rapper: Why Is He Donating His GRAMMY?
Taylor Swift has some of her GRAMMYs scattered throughout her Los Angeles residence. John Legend has built a shelf display for his. Alison Krauss and Quincy Jones have so many — 27 each — that they can fill a room with them. So why is Chance The Rapper sending off one of his first GRAMMYs?
As it turns out, it's the latest example of the Chicagoan's passion for giving back to his hometown community. The rapper has confirmed the donation of his Best Rap Album award, won for Coloring Book at the 59th GRAMMYs, to the DuSable Museum of African American History.
This particular award has a special significance given it marked the first time a GRAMMY was awarded to a streaming-only project. Plus, putting this historic GRAMMY on display will align with the DuSable's mission of promoting and appreciating "the achievements, contributions and experiences of African-Americans."
"I'm so excited to not just work hand in hand with the African-American history museum, but we want to build it up. We want to make it a staple of African-American history," said Chance The Rapper, who serves on the museum's board of trustees alongside his father, Ken Bennett. "That's why I'm proud to announce that I'll be donating my [Best Rap Album] Award … to the DuSable."
The announcement was made at a gala on June 24 hosted by the museum, during which Chance was honored with their Trailblazer award in recognition of his service to the community. The three-time GRAMMY winner picked up Best New Artist and Humanitarian Award honors the following night at the BET Awards, proving further that 2017 is shaping up to be a year to remember for the rapper.