Macklemore sent a text stating that Lamar deserved to win the awards, not him, writing: “I wanted you to win.” Macklemore eventually won four Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. He described his quadruple Grammy Awards win as “a blessing and a curse”, yet Lamar later said that his rival deserved the prizes. “It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded,” said the rapper.
However, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Drake said of the situation: “I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill… if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better – make better music. It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”
Drake, who was almost nominated in a number of the same categories as Macklemore, added: “To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!”
Meanwhile, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform live at Marlay Park in Rathfarnham, Ireland on June 10. They will be joined by Ellie Goulding on the bill. To check the availability of Macklemore tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.