Last night Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Francis and the Lights, Tamela Mann, and a full gospel choir wowed the audience at the Grammys with a soulful performance of “How Great Is Our God.” Not only did their performance leave people talking, Chance walked away with three awards, including Bast Rap Performance for “No Problem,” Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.
Chance, with the help of some friends, performed a mashup of songs from his album Coloring Book, including “How Great” and “Blessings.”
After a beautiful a capella opening of lines from the hymn “How Great Is Our God,” the audience heard “God is better than the world’s best thing,” and then Chance launched into his poetic rap about faith and the good news of Jesus. Next, Kirk Franklin jumped on the stage and the song is brought home by a full gospel choir. The performance was truly Grammy-worthy.
Chance was nominated for seven Grammys this year, walking away with three of those. During his acceptance speech, he told the audience he claimed his victory “in the name of the Lord” and thanked God for all the people he brought into his life who believed in him and helped him. Chance hasn’t been a Christian for very long, a fact which you can pick up on if you listen to the rest of his album. Some of the lyrics are explicit and portray the writer grappling with the experience of coming to faith and having to leave behind a different lifestyle.
You can watch his award-winning performance below.