January 27, 2014


Macklemore: GRAMMY Voters Make Choices "They Know Nothing About"

Kevin Winter/WireImage
Kevin Winter/WireImage

After Macklemore & Ryan Lewis completely dominated the hip hop categories at the 2014 GRAMMYs and beat out critical favorite Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album, there was a pretty swift outcry (just as Mack himself predicted weeks ago).

Now the Seattle rapper is blaming the win—which he dismissed in a screengrabbed text to Kendrick as "weird" and a "robbery"—on the GRAMMY voting process.

Macklemore, who seems almost obsessively determined to clear his name of any hostility within the community, called into famed hip hop station Hot 97 this morning to dish on his divisive victory.

"It’s the blessing and the curse; a little bit more the curse," he lamented. "In my opinion, Kendrick had the best rap album of the year and knowing how the GRAMMYs usually go, I knew there was a large chance that we would win that award and essentially rob Kendrick."

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The "Same Love" rapper claimed the issue was that GRAMMY voters have very little knowledge of genres outside of their own, yet they can still vote in every category. "People are filling out bubbles they have know nothing about," he explained. 

The Caucasian rapper also said that chart performance and race played a factor in beating Lamar. "In terms of people voting, those filling out those bubbles, we had an unfair advantage: Due to race, due to the fact that we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in the pocket of the people that were filling out that poll."

Apparently Macklemore's biggest regret of the night was not having enough time to voice his upset during his acceptance speech before the music of death came to swoop him off stage.

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You can hear all of Mack's melancholic interview below and see our roundup of the night's biggest winners right here.