If anyone tuned in to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, it was quite obvious that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept all of the rap categories; not to mention, their iconic performance complete with a real live marriage ceremony.
However, social media and rap fans didn’t necessarily agree with the Academy, and neither did Macklemore nor Ryan Lewis. They had another winner in mind.
Macklemore sent Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar a text later that night claiming that he had been “robbed,” and that he was the one deserving of the award.
“It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you,” Macklemore said in the text to Lamar. “I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech, and I froze.”
Macklemore took a screenshot of the message, posted the photo on Instagram and immediately gained attention from followers and the media.
According to Billboard, Lamar’s album “Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City” debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums with over 200,000 copies sold in its first week. Macklemore is more than aware of Lamar’s successes.
“Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music,” Macklemore concluded in his text message. “Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love.”