Billboard released their 2017 Grammy Preview issue featuring an interview with cover star, Chance the rapper. In the interview, Chance discusses the Grammy Awards, the changing nature of the music industry, his support for Hillary Clinton and financial advice he received from Donald Glover (Childish Gambino).
When asked about the disadvantages women and people of colour face in the music industry, Chance offers valuable insight about inequality. He responds by saying they face "pretty much the same challenges that they face throughout the rest of the world in terms of being overlooked, under appreciated and held back from a lot of stuff. Colourism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position. Kendrick [Lamar] going home Grammy-less [in 2014, when he was nominated in seven categories] was an awesome moment for people to recognise that it plagues us regardless of talent or skill."
Chance goes on to say he would like to use his influence as a musician to "change the entire world’s value of black American ingenuity and opinion."
Due to his influence and current standing and following a highly publicised petition led by Chance's fans. The Recording Academy implemented a change that allows streaming-only releases to be eligible for Grammy recognition.
Read the full interview from Billboard here.