CHANCE THE Rapper is donating his 2016 Grammy Award for Best Rap album to Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the charitable rapper’s announcement at the museum’s 100 Night Of Stars gala surprised the audience in attendance.
He said during his speech that he wants to make the museum ‘a staple of African American history’ and received a much deserved standing ovation.
Announcing his decision, the 24-year-old Chicago native said: “I’m so excited to not just work hand in hand with the African American History Museum, but we want to build it up,” he said. “We want to make it a staple of African American history. And that’s why I’m proud to announce that I’ll be donating my hip-hop album of the year award, the first one to a black independent artist, to the DuSable.”
The Best Rap album Grammy is one of three Chance won back in February, alongside the Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance award. His album Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to win the award.
The Chicago rapper is now well known for his humanitarian and charitable efforts.
Chance has continually campaigned and raised the bar for the education system in Chicago and has donated $1million (£780,000) to Chicago Public Schools and has raised over $2million (£1.6million) through his charitable organisations.
Last week the 24-year-old rapper become the youngest star to have ever been presented with the Humanitarian Award at the BETAwards, and was given a special message from Michelle Obama.