Kendrick Lamar Says Macklemore's Grammy Awards Were "Well Deserved"

Kendrick Lamar also says "everything happens for a reason" when speaking about the Grammys.

Kendrick Lamar says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy wins were "well deserved." During a recent interview with XXL, Lamar spoke about why he feels this way. 

"It’s well deserved," Lamar said. "He did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded." 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards this year, including one for Best Rap Album. While many, including Macklemore, have said that Kendrick Lamar was deserving of a Grammy Award, Kendrick discussed his perspective on the matter with XXL

"Everything happens for a reason," Lamar, who was nominated for seven Grammys, said. "The universe comes back around. That’s how it go." 

Macklemore posted a screenshot of his text message to Kendrick Lamar shortly after the Grammys came to a close. In his text message, Macklemore said he felt Lamar was "robbed" at the Grammys. The following day, Macklemore also said that he and Ryan Lewis had "an unfair advantage" at the Grammys, "due to race." 

"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,” Macklemore said. "This is not like a RapRadar 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." 

RELATED: Macklemore Says He Had "An Unfair Advantage Due To Race" At The Grammys


  • Anonymous

    "millions of people who listen to top 40 radio who have no taste" Lol Yet if they were listening to Kendrick they'd be geniuses then, huh?

  • Anonymous

    With worldwide sales of Take Care in double digits, Drake could put Kendrick's unborn kids through Harvard, and still have enough left over to buy a fleet of private jets.

    • Anonymous

      No, he couldn't.

    • Anonymous

      drakes got that baby money 1. Diddy Net Worth: $580 million (up $80 million) 2. Jay-Z Net Worth: $500 million (up $25 million) 3. Dr. Dre Net Worth: $360 million (up $100 million) 4. Master P Net Worth: $350 million (no change) 5. 50 Cent Net Worth: $260 million (up $10 million) 6. Birdman Net Worth: $150 million (up $35 million) 7. Eminem Net Worth: $140 million (up $20 million) 8. Snoop Dogg Net Worth: $130 million (up $10 million) 9. Ice Cube Net Worth: $120 million (up $20 million) 10. Lil Wayne Net Worth: $110 million (up $15 million) 11. Kanye West Net Worth: $100 million (up $10 million) 12. LL Cool J Net Worth: $85 million (up $5 million) 13. Timbaland Net Worth: $80 million (up $5 million) 14. Pharrell Williams Net Worth: $80 million (up $2.5 million) 15. Akon Net Worth: $80 million (up $2.5 million) 16. Beastie Boys - $75 million each (no change) 17. Ludacris Net Worth: $75 million (up $5 million) 18. Busta Rhymes Net Worth: $65 million (up $5 million) 19. Nelly Net Worth: $60 million (no change) 20. T.I. Net Worth: $40 million (up $10 million) 21. Big Boi Net Worth: $40 million (no change) 22. T-Pain Net Worth: $35 million (up $5 million) 23. Ice-T Net Worth: $35 million (up $5 million) 24. Drake Net Worth: $30 million (up $5 million) 25. Rick Ross Net Worth: $28 million (up $3 million) 26. Nicki Minaj Net Worth $25 million (up $5 million)

  • Anonymous

    "you listen to pitbull" As do millions of others.

  • Lil Ass Tricksta

    Which proves my point. Everybody had a problem with Kendrick losing, except Kendrick himself.

  • Champagne Papi Life

    Let's be real, Kendrick owes Drake a lot. Did having Kendrick appear on Take Care help Drake or Kendrick more? It helped Kendrick more. Even without that little interlude Take Care is a classic album and still wins the Grammy. Kendrick got additional exposure. Did bringing Kendrick on the Take Care Tour help Drake or Kendrick more? See the final sentence of the last answer. Did doing the collabo POETIC JUSTICE help Drake or Kendrick more? Again see previous answer. Did getting a beat from T-Minus (one of Drake's Canadian go to OVO producers) for SWIMMING POOLS help Kendrick or Drake more? You know the answer. Kendrick has rode OVO dick in order garner worldwide popularity. Kendrick Lamar would not have been nominated for 4 Grammys in the first place, were it not for Drake and the OVO movement. OVO is the modern day Motown of hip-hop.

    • Anonymous

      imagine being a male drake groupie

    • Anonymous

      Those OVO bums wished they could be Motown.

    • Anonymous

      Everythbing you just said, Drake stan, is all a fucking lie. Tke Care's not a classic. Drake and his weed carriers did not do anything to make Kendrick popular. Kendrick doesn't owe anything to those fags. If anything, Dr. Dre is the one who helped make Kendrick popular since he signed him to his label and executive produced his album. Kendrick would still be famous without Drake and his lackeys.

  • bastardos

    Thank you DJ Nitti for a true statement... i totally agree

  • Anonymous

    I am white and all the rappers like J Cole, Wale, Wiz, and Talib rap about is hoes, drugs, designer names, killings and alcohol.


    Here's the question, if Macklemore was black would everyone still be so upset? I definitely think Kendrick should have won something but the reality is that Macklemore's album is a more diverse album as far as the topics he raps about and even the sound, with all that instrumentation, even the videos were incredible. I like Kendrick Lamar more as an artist and I'll bump that album over Macklemore's because I'm a Hip Hop head but to the masses Macklemore's content is more relevant to them and American society as a whole. And more importantly 2013 was the year of the gays and Macklemore had the anthem for gay rights and marriage. Anyone who embraced homosexuality in 2013 won, even the Pope said who's he to judge them and became Time's Man of the Year and is on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone. So Macklemore would've won anything he was up for just for that. I think the biggest concern is whether white people will steal Hip Hop like they did with Rock and Roll and my answer is yes, but only because we allowed it. We can't continue to make records about money, hoes, blunts, clubs, name brands, drug dealing and killings and expect not to lose out to people who touch on other, more relevant, topics. 95% of Hip Hop talks about the same bullshit and it won't survive if that continues. No other genre of music talks about the same shit all day long. We need to do better, we need different topics to talk about; politics, human issues, etc. . Macklemore touched on these issues and that's why he was so successful and won those Grammys, I hope it inspires more rappers to do the same. There's no doubt that Macklemore received more attention because he is white he even acknowledges that and made a record about it but the reality is he had worldly album that was deserving of most, maybe not all but most, of those awards. Having said all of that I'm still more of a Kendrick Lamar fan and wish he would've won something and his album is still the closest I've heard to a classic Hip Hop album in a long time but again that's because I'm biased due to the fact that I'm a Hip Hop head. The people voting at the Grammy's are just general music fans that listen to the music and message and I can see where Macklemore's album resonated more with them and the proof was right there in Macklemore's performance with people getting married on stage, that's bigger than just Hip Hop. In contrast there's no record on Kendrick Lamar's album that could've made a statement like that, whether you agree with the gay shit or not. So as much as I didn't want to see Kendrick Lamar get dissed like that I can't really be mad at Macklemore.

    • Anonymous

      It's funny how no one tries to argue with your statement about Macklemore because you're right. All that you said was true about Macklemore winning. Kendrick did an album that's not unique or different compared to other underground rap artists. His raps discuss the same common problems that most rap artists talk about. I appreciate that he doesn't only rap about sex, money, and fame but his album isn't the first nor the only one to do this. Macklemore broke barriers surrounding rap with the song same love. Art is suppose to break boundaries and Rap is art,let's not put it into a box or else it won't be called art. Kendrick is better than most mainstream rap artists but so are a lot of the underground artists. He isn't great or god neither is Macklemore but Macklemore did use a variety of music instruments that rap should have more of compared to just the loud or mellow type of songs rap feels comfortable with.

    • Anonymous

      Not true. Two men kissing is gay, period. Fathers and sons don't kiss each other at all.

    • Anonymous

      The kiss wasnt gay though. Fathers and sons have been known to kiss all the time.

    • Anonymous

      "Here's the question, if Macklemore was black would everyone still be so upset?" Hard to say. The rap community somehow gives Lil Wayne and Birdman a pass for kissing on the mouth and wearing leopard print girl pants and furry pink boots. I don't know about you guys but to me thats 1000 times gayer than any song about gay marriage or rights and thrift shopping.

  • detroit slim

    Daz n WC album was harder than both of those albums. Thats why the rap game is fucked up.

  • Anonymous

    "section 80 is near classic" Says nobody ever.

  • Quinton

    What do Kendrick and Skee-Lo have in common? They are both short, both from California, they both got some critical acclaim for an album AND they will both fade into obscurity. However, their hit singles will play at parties until the end of time Whereas Skee-Lo only had I Wish, Kendrick at least has Swimming Pools and Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe.

    • Anonymous

      "Kendrick probably wouldn't make it in the 90s" If artists like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul made it I don't think Kendrick would of had a problem. It's not like he's out here pretending to be something he's not. He's got his own lane. Ross on the other hand would have been robbed, shot, and then laughed out of the industry for faking the funk.

    • Anonymous

      Kendrick could shit on a lot of 90s mcs

    • Anonymous

      " Kendrick probably wouldn't make it in the 90s" Neither would Rick Ross, police ass nicca

    • Anonymous

      I kind of agree with you however I think Kendrick is luckier to be coming out at a time where hip hop is weak with less talented MC's and producers. In the 90s, when asked who your favorite hip hop artist or group is, you probably couldn't even count on 2 hands. Kendrick probably wouldn't make it in the 90s as Skee-Lo could probably do well today if he released his shit. Secondly, Black Hippy is way overhyped and will end up like G-Unit, D12, St. Lunatics and Disturbing Tha Peace. One person people care about and the rest will get lukewarm responses.

    • Anonymous

      Dream on, dude. Kendrick is nothing like Skee-Lo.

    • Anonymous

      dumb ass comment section 80 is near classic

  • zeezee

    he knew people are talking instead of him, he doesn't have to say anything hehe

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  • Me

    MackleMore sold more records and I thought it was a numbers game, I just don't understand where it went wrong.. I can see if it was categories for hip-hop but it's not, Macklemore is the reality hip-hop needs, he represents for everyone independent, this gives us the mojo to eliminate the big machine and do it ourselves, I don't care what color he is, I'm for the true hustler any day.. Macklemore talks about real shit Kendrick speaks about what everybody else talks about, the ppl want the real, READ MACKLEMORES WHITE PRIVILEGE so you can overstand what he understands. If these suckas don't wanna respect hip-hop take it from, it's cool with me, I'm down for any music that don't get your door kicked in, or any music who got the youth twerking and confused, I need 20 more Macklemores to stop the madness, Hip-Hop representatives are embarrassing and ignorant, they don't represent for the ancestors, they don't grieve for the slaves who paved the way from them so just like Elvis took Rock & Roll here we are again U suckas..

    • deez

      Yeah you didn't listen to his album and if you did you are probably too stupid to understand what it means. Tupac would.

    • Anonymous

      "A SWIMMING POOL FOOL OF LIQUOR, GTFOHWTBS FAM.." Someone didn't listen to the lyrics.

    • Anonymous

      Awww you don't care about other genres chances are with the amount of sampling Hip-Hop does you've heard other genres nobody is saying u have to respect grammy's but the grammy's ignoring Hip-Hop is nothing new so why Hip-Hop fans acting so butt hurt over it ? through that ? But he didn't get not one award, Fuck the Grammys tho. Never cared for it and I never watched it thru. Maybe just parts of it. But fuck all the racist shit, the Grammys isn't made for Hip Hop Seem a little upset dude you seem mad to me

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    • Anonymous

      "so you are okay with tupac, biggie, nas, nwa never winning a grammy? but are okay with macklemore????????? you're whats wrong with hip hop" you sound like a retard. puffy beat biggie and wu-tang for a grammy. lil wayne beat jay-z, nas and lupe. its just how it goes

    • RSX

      Why is someone rapping about positive topics what's "wrong" with hip-hop?

    • deez

      so you are okay with tupac, biggie, nas, nwa never winning a grammy? but are okay with macklemore????????? you're whats wrong with hip hop

  • Doobie Ashtray

    Nerd boy want a pat on the back from the white man.

  • Equality

    Can't we just drop the race thing, we all have Buttholes & they are all brown once a day.

  • BP

    "See y'all don't understand me My plan B is to win y'all hearts before I win a Grammy" - K-Dot

  • sickcunt

    All this publicity about Kendrick getting robbed is only going to help him sell more albums and bring more attention to his music. He may have lost but he still won.

    • wads

      aint nothin we can do about that besides make another underground form of music

    • ruggid terrain

      Very True. Grammy or not, a hot album is a hot album. He'll sell more because of it. I personally feel macklemore won because of the homo support. they're taking over and now their using hip-hop as one of thier platforms. How ironic.

  • EarthToneDaProducer

    Everybody just shut the fuck up...

  • R.Pgh

    So perhaps all the crybaby internet tough guys can settle down now. it's a fucking award picked based on the least threatening act. Why else did Diddy beat out Biggie (Life After Death) and Wu-Tang (Forever) in 98? Kendrick doesn't seem to give a fuck and he was the one who was robbed. Why do most of y'all care?

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick is very humble, if all these so called Hip-Hop who claim that you don't care about the grammy's why you so mad Hip-Hop got ignored then ? Hip-Hop is worse genre for respecting other types of Music

    • Nas=Kendrick

      Nope I don't respect other Genre of Music cause they don't respect Hip Hop. And im guess your lame ass comment is for me. So I answered you. And I dam sure don't respect the Grammys. Also whos mad just stating my opinion.

  • Kendrink=Nas(for this Generation)

    Have anyone ever heard Kendrick say anything bad about anybody. Other then the fact that he bodied all these new niggas who suck, and he did that on record. Kendrick is humble of course he said what he said. But he didn't get not one award. Not one even Jigga with that mediocore album he made won some awards. Fuck the Grammys tho. Never cared for it and I never watched it thru. Maybe just parts of it. But fuck all the racist shit, the Grammys isn't made for Hip Hop. I see a lot of people saying its not for black people. Man that shit dam sure ain't for Hip Hop. They don't even broadcast who wins the HipHop Album of the year. Maybe they did it this year but they usually don't.

    • Vet

      50 years ago it would have been 50 lynchings on air instead of gay marriage. Things ain't changed that much. White people still domineering, but now they domineer about their own version of hypermorality.

    • D

      The white man has their own idea of equality and damnit they will be dictators on your ass about it.

    • wads

      the only way hip hop is getting broadcasted is if it airs white ideology such as the homo agenda and getting queers mass married on air.

  • Anonymous

    what else would he say? hes not a sore loser

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