Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Almost Cut from Rap Categories for the Grammys
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.25.2014
Some committee members think their music doesn't qualify as rap...
THR reports that Macklemore was nearly cut from being considered for rap categories at the Grammy Awards according to a source who attended Grammy committee meetings.
Some rap committee members believed the duo shouldn't qualify for the rap categories because of their success on mainstream radio and their appeal in the pop world. The source stated, "Because of the controversy with them as a rap group it became something the entire Grammy committee discussed." At the end of a committee meeting, it was decided in a landslide vote that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis could compete for the rap awards.
The sourced added on the committee, "It's not that they don't think he's a rapper. It's just that when you're trying to protect categories and someone has become popular, it should be judged as much. … Where does their music exist? Who are their fans?"
Macklemore & Lewis have seven Grammy nominations this year, including best rap album, rap song, and rap performance for "Thrift Shop."