Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ big wins at the American Music Awards were met with great disdain by the Hip-Hop community and it appears like the rap committee for the Grammy Awards shared the same sentiment.
According to an unnamed AP source, the rap committee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences tried to disown Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from their awards categories.
“Most” members of the rap committee felt that the “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love” duo shouldn’t qualify for rap nominations “because of their success on mainstream radio and their appeal in the pop world.”
Naturally, that didn’t fly with the higher authorities and hence, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are nominated for seven awards, including the coveted Best Album for the 2012 The Heist effort.
Despite the lack of popular opinion in their corner, the duo from Seattle have been highly visible in a means to support their golden trophy causes. They recently performed their hit “Can’t Hold Us” on a moving NYC bus and were the featured halftime entertainment during the NFC Championship game.
The entire ordeal is based on opinions but it still makes you wonder, with the overwhelming not to see this guy dominate Hip-Hop for the commercial viewpoint, how qualified is the general Grammy committee to throw their two pennies into rap conversations?
Macklemore even admitted to The Source magazine that Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city was superior to that of his own.
Rappers don’t win many Grammy Awards anyway so that argument should live to fight another day.