Macklemore & Ryan Lewis pretty much owned the Grammy Awards Sunday night. Nominated for seven awards, they took home many of them. But their presence in the hip-hop categories had some in the rap industry, but mostly on Twitter, upset that they were there at all.
Despite the criticism Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received, they had some very powerful supporters. Rapper Kendrick Lamar came to the musicians' defense during an interview with MTV.
"It's other people's opinions. Whatever he put his heart out to do, you know he raps and people receive it as that — it's just opinions," Lamar said. "He just needs to do him. I wouldn't listen to what nobody got to say."
Although much of the criticism came from fans, there was real cause for concern that the duo wouldn't be in the hip-hop category at all. According to the Associated Press, a source said that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were rejected by the Grammys' rap committee but that the decision was later overturned by the general Grammys committee.
The rap committee's decision reportedly came because Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a lot of success on Top 40 radio. Therefore, the committee felt the group should be categorized as pop instead of rap.
Macklemore posted a photo of a conversation between himself and Lamar Sunday morning (Warning: link has explicit language).
Lamar's text woke Macklemore up with, "Let's get it bro! wake up call! we worked hard as f***!"
Macklemore responded with, "You already know homie. Time to celebrate!!! Congrats my friend. What a f***ing year."
The duo won the coveted Best New Artist Award, surprising pretty much everyone. They also took home the awards for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. They came out ahead of artists like Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake and even Kendrick Lamar.
Although Ryan Lewis doesn't appear to talk — ever — he was onstage with Macklemore to accept their award for Best New Artist.
"Wow, we're here on the stage right now," Macklemore said. "I want to say we made this album without a record label. We made it independently, and we appreciate all the support."
The duo later performed onstage — along with Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah — as more than 30 couples in the audience of the Grammy Awards got married.
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