Macklemore Believes Race & Other Factors Contributed To His 4 Grammy Award Wins
From Macklemore’s texts of solidarity to friend/peer Kendrick Lamar before last night’s (January 26) 56th Grammy Awards to his words following winning in four categories competing against the Compton, California MC, it’s hard not to love the way the Seattle, Washington veteran (who happened to win Best New Artist) handled the situation.
Speaking to HOT 97 this morning (January 27), Mack believed his was a major advantage: “In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage due to race, due to the fact we had huge radio success, due to the fact that our name was circulating more in a pocket in the industry of people filling out that ballot. This is not like a Rap Radar poll, like a 2DopeBoyz poll. This is not a H)T 97 poll. This is the Grammys. This is many different types of people. All different age groups filling out a ballot where they might not necessarily know the genre.”
Noting his personal belief that Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city was the supreme album in the category, Macklemore continued: ““What makes it awkward for me is the fact you never want to be the person that is robbing somebody else. I think if you look at what the Grammys are, I think that what people don’t understand is what the Grammys are a bunch of people that are on the Grammy committee or in the industry [that get] a ballot. I got a ballot this year. Now, as I’m filling out the ballot, I’m realizing I don’t know much outside of the genre of Hip Hop in terms of who should get what award. So I’m like, ‘I don’t really know about singer-songwriter or Country music or whatever,’ but people are filling out bubbles of genres that they don’t know about. And that’s the process of it.”
What do you think? If ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron is nominated next year, do you think he will attend?