Macklemore to Kendrick Lamar: ‘You Got Robbed’

Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar

Despite his four wins at Sunday’s Grammys, Macklemore is feeling remorse. The “Thrift Shop” rapper admits that his competitor Kendrick Lamar was robbed of his awards and is bearing the blame.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored four awards including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best New Artist, while Kendrick went home empty-handed, sparking outrage among hip-hop fans.

After the ceremony, Macklemore sent a heartfelt text to Kendrick, who was shut out of all seven of his categories.

“You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you,” wrote the Seattle rapper. “I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love.”

He shared the text on Instagram, along with the following note:

“My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You’re the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys.”

Other rappers including ScHoolboy Q, Q-Tip, Mac Miller, and Meek Mill weighed in on Kendrick’s snub.

“Congrats 2 @macklemore for a incredible win and I believe Kendrick was robbed,” tweeted Meek. “This game was never fair….and awards can’t change the judgement of the culture…. I fucks wit Macklemore for this text….. Most of these awards are always fucked up!”

Macklemore Text

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60 Comments

  1. Rob

    People voted for Macklemore why the f-ck he feels to say sorry? Lmao

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    Hannibal Reply:

    @Rob, Simple, Macklemore admitted that Kendricks album was better. Kendrick did get robbed you can not argue with that, this whole day I was excited for Kendrick so he could win something but my sadness dampered every time Kendrick lost an award.

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    cuz Reply:

    @Hannibal, I know that shit f-up my mood… you think he would at least win one award… but I doubt that there ever be a day where a black rapper sweeps his nominations like macklemore sorta did…

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    Rob Reply:

    @Hannibal, Kendrick also deserved it for me and I know this feeling too good from 2006, where 50 Cent was nominated for 6 awards but won nothing of them. The same with Nas etc. I’m not black and I’ll not bring white vs. black stupid compares or something like that but the Grammys and all other awards are very strange for me. But I don’t understand it why Macklemore feels sorry if he has nothing do with that, it makes him look just more foolish don’t come with respect people will not believe him this or did you ever saw that LeBron James said to Kobe Bryant: “Kobe Bryant got robbe” or the same with Messi to Ronaldo: “Ronaldo got robbed” etc.

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    foul Reply:

    @Rob, he feels bad that’s all…it’s actually really understandable!

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    cuz Reply:

    @Rob, The “people” don’t vote! the Grammys anit the VMA’s ….its a bunch of people who I bet didn’t even listen to Kendrick’s album who voted

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    Hannibal Reply:

    @cuz, Exactly! The Grammys at the moment isn’t focused on Hip Hop or Rap and probably for a very long time now.

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    FormerlyFromTokyo Reply:

    @Hannibal, That’s because rap artists themselves are slowly and painfully killing the genre.

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    greenEggz&ham Reply:

    everyone wants to hate on kanye but his “rants” have been preaching this shit for the longest time lol. the grammys are good for the performances and bringing everyone in music together. thats it.

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    greenEggz&ham Reply:

    @greenEggz&ham, also the irony of macklemore’s album being called “the heist” is the only thing hilarious about the situation.

    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Rob, Ok..but why did this bitch send the text then post it on Instagram? Just another ploy to make himself look good as far as I’m concerned: Look what I did guys! I’m so kind, I sent a message to the loser! Sorry for winning, I’m so-o humble. Bitch please, Macklemore is not losing sleep over Kendrick. He’s the great white hope, of course he won.

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    Will Reply:

    @Mandela Barb,

    Agreed. This is just a pity party that is designed to make him seem like a golden boy. I never cared for Mack, but damn not winning anything at all? That was such a low blow the Grammy’s pulled.

    I believe hip-hop should just stop paying tribute to this garbage ceremony anyway. The BET has more merit, because you are amongst you’re peers. Hip-Hop has to say face and pull their influence out of this ceremony, only then will their be change.

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  2. Teezus

    For Kendrick and GKMC to leave with absolutely nothing is DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.

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  3. anf1213

    If I was kendrick I would cut off all media contacts. . Become very reclusive, no interviews, no magazine covers..become very hard to reach,no more shoving up to these fucked up award shoes..just release dope music

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    MRB Reply:

    @anf1213, I 100% agree! You fight back with str8 18 bars! Longs as its consistent. He needs to drop like 7 good mix tapes for the next 2 years then release another album!!

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  4. John

    White artists always sweep doing our music. It’s blasphemous tbh. When will our black artists truly be appreciated?

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    Oh Reply:

    @John, Both of em are ugly

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    Jonathan Reply:

    @Oh, Here you go.. Wack, corny and ugly are yourfavorites. Please give us your twitter and instagram b/c you gotta be fine as fuck.

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    gett Reply:

    @John, appreciated? Not many. But they give jayz and Beyonce awards like that will make us happy. Jay and Bey have earned them but at the same time the Grammy’s refuse to show the range of black hip hop and r and b artist and giving the awards to pop artist.

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  5. Spoon

    Black people should stop waiting for white people approval. Kendrick your album is good and better than the one of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. We need to award our own people without caring at all about white people bias on “their” awards shows.

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    cuz Reply:

    @Spoon, that’s what im sayin….this is the shit kanye be turning up to…

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    FormerlyFromTokyo Reply:

    @Spoon, Very much agree!

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    James Reply:

    @Spoon, I agree 100% We give the Grammy’s way too much power. They are no better than our NAACP awards, Soul Train Awards or any other recognition from our own culture.

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  6. John

    People don’t vote for the Grammys idiots it a group of music folk behind the scene that give out the fucked up awards the people that deserve it never win so sad I don’t even know who Macklemore is anybody never Heard any of their shit deff not on urban radio lorde gets more play lol

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  7. Daniel Lalduhsaka

    yo this is a joke right…. like wtf is wrong wth all the motherfuckers doin the grammy thing if Kendrick loses to him then we all gotta rethink of whats goin on… the gay supporting rapper won it all when its a no homo rights game…. damn this is fuckin crazy

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    Nick Reply:

    @Daniel Lalduhsaka, The fact that he supports gays is irrelevant and the only reason why i tolerate him. It’s a joke because his biggest song is about thrift shopping while Kendrick is an actual lyricist

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  8. Meme

    I don’t know why he feel the need to apologize. His music is good as well. Everyone can’t win. And he shouldn’t be sorry because voted for him.

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    AAA Reply:

    @Meme, he’s not apologizing for winning. He’s apologizing for how the system works.You think jay z would of won them awards if Justin Timberlake wasn’t atached to them records??

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  9. JT

    After all the dickriding for Kendrick the last 2-3 years of course his Fans can’t believe what happening. Kendrick is a great Rapper but way to overrated. Everything what he puts out his Fans act like crazy. GKMC is a great Album but in my eyes it has not the repeat volume like other great Albums. Section 80 is much better in my eyes.

    By the way who gives a shit about the Grammys? Hip Hop had so many great Albums in the last 10-15 but never won AOTY. It’s not a white vs black thing it’s more a grammys against Hip Hop thing.

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  10. Jonathan

    Now people see how we Nicki Minaj fans felt in 2012. Sigh. Your fav performs but doesn’t win. Kendrick deserved his nominations but there is competition.

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  11. Liboreiro

    Ladies and gentlemen…

    HIP HOP IS OFICIALLY DEAD!

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  12. BowDownToBey

    Who the hell did macklemore’s make up? If you tilt the screen you can see all the white concealer and foundation. Terrible.

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  13. gett

    Why do we care about the Grammy’s anyway? What do old white men in suits know about hip hop? Stop looking for others approval. This was the 54 Grammy. Not the 150th annual Grammy Award. Which goes to say they haven’t always been around, they aren’t as prestigious or important as everyone likes to think.

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  14. ceazar mukosia

    for real kendrick lamar is real and he deserved it even b4 GOD he was really robbed

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  15. Emily

    I was very dissapounted with the Grammys yesterday. Whilst watching it, I was rooting, crossing my fingers in hope that Kedrick Lamar’s name get’s called! Unfortunately, the Grammys dissapounted me once more. Kendrick Lamar should have won in all the catagories that he was nominated in, he’s. a very hard working artist and I really enjoyed his performance. He was the best artist and they should’ve at least given him 1 award to take home. I honestly disagree with Macklemore in the hip-hop catagories. I saw how those people do the Grammy nominations and how they pick the winners. It’s just a bunch of white people who know absolutely nothing about hip-hop in a room. I wonder if their will ever be a day when hip-hop will truly be accepted in White America.

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  16. FormerlyFromTokyo

    He’s not slick.

    In any case, his face is strange to me, like something is missing or there’s too much of something.

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  17. NICKI MINAJ

    Nicki Minaj: 4 Nominations , 0 Grammy’s
    Kendrick Lamar: 7 Nominations , 0 Grammy’s
    Nas: 13 Nominations , 0 Grammy’s
    LMFAO!

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    Andy Reply:

    @NICKI MINAJ, Biggie: 4 noms, 0 fcking Grammy

    I’m not interested in Grammy’s anymore after this Kendrick robbery

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @NICKI MINAJ, well… they’re like the Leonardo Dicaprio of the Oscars

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  18. NICKI MINAJ

    The Heist was still a GREAT album. Aside from Thrift Shop. I could do without that record. *plays Neon Cathedral*

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  19. pretty brown brown

    life goes on. kendrick will win a grammy one day. i give macklemore three more years, tops.

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  20. pshhh

    Get that condescending, patronizing bull outta here Macklemore! Kendrick doesn’t need you to remind him he got robbed. I guess that’s your M.O. – patronizing the hell out of people. Just like you did the ‘gays’ with your ‘same love’ song; performing it after sitting in the audience with you female fiancé. Enough already!

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  21. chris

    well it’s a bit patronising isn’t it?

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  22. Marie

    Just another example of white folks prospering off of our music. There is NO way Kendrick shouldn’t have won a grammy. Black folks should start boycotting these award shows until they start showing them some respect. They should also create some more award shows because the grammys are terrible now!

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  23. pshhh

    Bullshit

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  24. anf1213

    Dont worry Kendick, you’ll always have the BET Awards..and Nas has been nominated over 20 times……20!!!!!

    And Fergie has a Rap Grammy over him as well as a host of other quality HH artist. I honestly saw Kendrick winning for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance.. but hey Mack&Ryan got what was designed for them to get + they support the gays…so it just politics.

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  25. SameZey

    im sure he will win at the EBT awards

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  27. Javis

    Opps i thought according to when I read the winners b4 it aired on tv that kendrick had won n i thought they over favortorized him< mi bad

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  28. Jade

    How corny can this man get? Urgh

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  29. #RihannaNAVi

    I literally cried when Kendrick won no Grammys..

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  30. TRA

    I really hate to use the race card, but it is time for people to understand the truth about the Grammy Awards. In my unbiased opinion, I believe the Grammy Awards have always been very racist and very prejudice against black rappers and black R&B singers over the last several years. I believe the Grammy Awards are very prejudice against all rappers. The Grammy Awards don’t have a problem letting black rappers win Grammy Awards inside the rap field categories, but The Grammy Awards are very prejudice against black rappers winning Grammy Awards in the general field categories. Despite the fact that Kanye West has won 21 Grammy Awards, Jay-Z has won 17 Grammy Awards, or 18 Grammy Awards, and Eminem has won 14 Grammy Awards, Kanye West and Eminem have both been nominated 3 times for Album of The Year at The Grammy Awards and both Kanye West and Eminem have lost Album of The Year 3 times at The Grammy Awards. Jay-Z has never been nominated for Album of The Year at The Grammy Awards, despite Jay-Z making great music albums in the early part of his music career. All of Kanye West’s Grammy Award wins, all of Jay-Z’s Grammy Award wins, and all of Eminem’s Grammy Award wins have come inside the rap field categories. This proves to me that the Grammy Awards are not always completely comfortable with rappers winning outside the rap field categories. I believe that it is very racist, very prejudice, and very evil that Outkast are the only great black male hip hop group/duo to win Album of The Year at The Grammy Awards.

    I love Outkast’s music, but Outkast shouldn’t be the only great black male hip hop group/duo to win Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards. There were plenty of great black male hip hop groups that came out before Outkast first came out who should had won Grammy Awards, and never won Grammy Awards and never were nominated for Album of The Year at The Grammy Awards. Nas is one of the greatest rappers of all-time, Nas has been nominated 13 times for Grammy Awards, and Nas never won a Grammy Award.

    I believe Kendrick Lamar should had won Album of The Year, Best Rap Album and Best New Artist at the 2014 Grammy Awards because Kendrick Lamar’s good kid M.A.A.D. City album was the best critical acclaimed, commercial successful hip hop album of the last 2 years. Kendrick Lamar’s good kid M.A.A.D. City album got great critical reviews, great universal acclaim, got a 91 percent on Metacritic, and was certified platinum, while being a great, lyrical masterpiece. I respect Macklemore because I believe Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist album was a great hip hop album, but I believe Kendrick Lamar’s good kid M.A.A.D. City album was a much better album than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist album. I believe Macklemore won 4 Grammy Awards against Kendrick Lamar because he had 2 Number One hit singles that were certified platinum and dominated the Billboard Charts in 2013. People including myself should no longer depend on the Grammy Awards to make the right decisions. Music artists putting out great music should be more important than winning Grammy Awards all the time.

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    Nick Reply:

    @TRA, Kendrick should have won best new artist and best rap album, but not album of the year. Random Access Memories, musically, is more organic and fresh, a big throwback to the 70′s style of music. Old people dig that stuff up, and tbh it’s a great record and I’m actually happy Daft Punk won

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    Andy Reply:

    @Nick, yeah! I’m not in Daft type of music but god knows is a great album

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    Andy Reply:

    @TRA, your race card thing failed when you mentioned Eminem. And I don’t think is a personal vendetta against hip hop. Is just that rap is not as artistic and beautiful than singing.

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    TRA Reply:

    @Andy, I respectfully disagree with you because when you read my last post, I also said that The Grammy Awards are very prejudice against all rappers. I believe the Grammy Awards are very prejudice against both black rappers and white rappers. It makes no sense that Kanye West has won 21 Grammy Awards inside the rap field categories, but Kanye West has never won a Grammy Award inside the general field categories. It makes no sense that Jay-Z has won 17 Grammy Awards or 18 Grammy Awards inside the rap field categories, but Jay-Z has never won a Grammy Award inside the general field categories. It makes no sense that Eminem has won 14 Grammy Awards inside the rap field categories, but Eminem has never won a Grammy Award inside the general field categories. I believe that the Grammy Awards are very racist, very prejudice, and very bias towards black rappers winning Grammy Awards inside the general field categories. I believe the Grammy Awards are very prejudice against white rappers winning Grammy Awards inside the general field categories. I believe the Grammy Awards are very prejudice against hip hop right now.

    It makes no sense that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are the only white male hip hop duo to win Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, when there have been other white rappers who were deserving to win Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, but never won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. It makes no sense that Arrested Development are the only black hip hop group to win Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards. It makes no sense that Outkast is the only black male hip hop duo to win Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards, when there have been other great black hip hop groups that were never nominated for Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards. Hip-Hop has been around for over 30 years right now. The Grammy Awards have been around for over 50 years now. The fact that Lauryn Hill and Outkast are the only great hip-hop associated music artists to win Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards proves to me that the Grammy Awards have not shown enough great respect towards hip hop over the last several years now.

    Over the last 10 years, we have had great hip hop music albums like Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, Nas’ Life Is Good album, Jay-Z’s The Blueprint album, Jay-Z’s The Black album, Jay-Z’s American Gangster album, Common’s Be album, 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin album, Big Boi’s Sir Lusicous Left Foot album, Q-Tip’s The Renaissance album, Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II album, and Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor album that got great critical reviews from hip hop fans and music critics and showed great artistic merit, but none of those great hip hop albums were nominated for Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards. The majority of those hip hop albums that I just named never won a Grammy Award. It is pretty clear that the Grammy Awards don’t always make the right decisions when it comes to choosing which music artists should win Grammy Awards.

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  31. Bhud

    like justin timberlake winning best r&b song… pusher love girl is a good song but how do we continue to ignore true r&b artists who toil in the genre, stay true to their craft and make genuine r&b music?!?!

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  32. John Paul

    Grammy awards r biased n they shud stop nominating our black artists bcoz they nominate them jct 4 the sake of winning. Whites will neva approve of anythng black. As 4 K.dot, he shud boycott ths stupid awardz n keep on entertainin us with gud music. #fuckgrammys

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  33. latonya

    I think he’s going to far with apologizing for winning, a grammy is a highly prestigious music award he should be proud to win. Kendrick can always make another album. Macklemore should just take his award and be happy.

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  34. T-man

    It is what it is and you just have to accept it.

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