Chance The Rapper has had a great year so far. From his standout feature on Kanye West‘s “Ultralight Beam” to releasing his well received mixtape Coloring Book and recently hosting his own Magnificent Coloring Day music festival, the Chicago rapper has and continues to do a good ass job.
So it only makes sense that Chance will finish his 2016 on a strong note, by performing at the White House this Christmas.
Chance will serve as one of the headliners for this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting concert on December 1, where he’ll take the stage alongside Kelly Clarkson and Yolanda Williams.
The decision to have Chance perform at the White House shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Chance continues to use his artistry as a platform for inciting positive change both in his hometown of Chicago, and across the country. Earlier this year he joined fellow rappers J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross to meet up with President Obama for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which focuses on creating opportunities for young men of color in America.
He also made it onto President Obama’s Summer Playlist for 2016. So, even though we might not see Chance take the White House for Obama’s South By South Lawn music festival, at least he’ll still be making a joyful noise there before the year is over. Maybe him and Obama will even perform a song together (that would easily be the greatest Christmas miracle of all time).
This year will mark the 94th anniversary of the White House’s National Christmas Tree Lighting. Although tickets to the event are free, they’re drawn through a lottery. Anyone can enter the lottery, which begins on October 7 at 10 a.m. EST and runs through 10 a.m. EST on October 10. Fans who want a chance to win tickets should definitely bookmark this website when the lottery opens up.