Rapper Macklemore shut down the Grammy Awards last night winning multiple awards and there were a lot of people wondering why Kendrick Lamar did not win any awards. The Washington rapper has come forward to speak on the controversy that sparked after he swept the hip hop categories. A big award that stood out was the “Best Rap Album” that he won when many people thought Kendrick deserved the award.
According to Macklemore, there is a huge problem with the way the Grammy winners are chosen when interviewed by Hot 97.
“It’s a blessing and a curse, a little bit more the curse,” Mack said in an interview. “When we were at the nominations [event] and the nominations come out, first and foremost, Kendrick is a friend of mine. He’s somebody that I love his music and in my opinion has the best rap album of the year and knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew there was a great chance we would win that award and in essence rob Kendrick. That’s what happened [last] night. It kinda sucks. I think we made a great album, I think that Kendrick made a better rap album and that’s what it is. … What makes it awkward for me is that you never want to be the person that is robbing somebody else and I think if you look at what the Grammys are, I think that people don’t understand is that what the Grammys are, are a bunch of people that are on the Grammy committee on in the industry, they get a ballot and I got a ballot this year. As I’m filling out the ballot, I’m realizing I don’t know much outside the genre of hip-hop in terms of what should get what award.” (Hot 97)
Macklemore also spoke on him not being able to speak on the Grammy Awards’ process during his acceptance speech Sunday.
”I don’t really know much about singer/songwriter, country music or whatever but people are filling out bubbles of genres that they don’t know about,” Mack added. “That’s the process of it. So it makes sense. … Our name was big this year, as was Kendrick’s, but in terms of people that are voting on those ballots, that are filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact we had radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in the pocket of the industry of people filling out that ballot. … All the rap categories were not televised and what I wanted to say, and I said it on Twitter, I said it on Instagram or whatever, but what I wanted to say at the time, was voice my opinion on the matter. That’s why I wanted to talk to you guys. It goes without saying how I feel. I feel like K. Dot got robbed. Out of anything out of the night, I wanted to say that on Grammys and they cued the music and I got pulled off quicker than I wanted to. But it is what it is. Huge shout-out to the TDE. ” (Hot 97)
Listen to Macklemore’s interview with Hot 97 below: