Macklemore on Grammy success: ‘Kendrick Lamar made a better rap album’

US rapper denounces his Best Rap Album win and announces huge Irish live date

Macklemore has described his quadruple Grammy Awards win as “a blessing and a curse”.

The rapper took home the prize for Best New Artist at the ceremony on Sunday night (January 26), and also swept the board with the rap prizes and winning Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Macklemore beat favourite Kendrick Lamar to the rap prizes and later apologised to him via text during the ceremony.

Speaking to Hot 97 after the awards, Macklemore explained why he felt the need to apologise to Lamar and also stated that he thinks his position as a white artist in the world of hip-hop helped him win votes.

“It’s the blessing and the curse, a little bit more the curse,” he said. “First and foremost, Kendrick [Lamar] is a friend of mine. He’s somebody that I love his music and, in my opinion, had the best rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and, in essence, rob Kendrick. That’s what happened. It kind of sucks. I think we made a great album. I think that Kendrick made a better rap album.”

Moving on to the subject of race, Macklemore continued: “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 Hot 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.”

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 with tickets available from Saturday, February 1 at 10am.

To check the availability of Macklemore tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.