Kendrick Lamar Addresses Grammy Snub / Macklemore

Published: Wednesday 29th Jan 2014 by Sam

In the wake of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ multiple Grammy wins on Sunday night, many an artist and critic have weighed in. The explicit focus for most was the fact that the duo, who won four awards, bested favourite Kendrick Lamar in a number of Rap categories. And the puzzling chain of events that saw the Compton MC walk home empty-handed – despite being nominated for seven awards.

Even Macklemore chimed in, posting a text he sent Lamar confessing that “I wanted you to win”.

Noticeably silent, though, was Lamar himself. That is until now.

The ‘good kid, M.A.A.D City’ rapper spoke with XXL about his views on what many are dubbing “the shut-out”, Macklemore’s wins, and the

Kendrick Lamar On Macklemore’s wins / His Losses:

“It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”

Kendrick Lamar’s Response To Idea That The Grammy’s Undervalue Hip-Hop:

“I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.”



A gracious man, with a clear goal of longevity in what can be a super political industry.

His words on the notion of Hip-Hop being “undervalued” by platforms such as the Grammy’s was both interesting and packed full of validity. For yours truly, there was something very alarming about the fact that all of the “Urban” categories were relegated to the pre-telecast.

Why bracket the Hip-Hop and R&B categories with genres that have far less impact on today’s charts (off air), when the aforementioned still make up a large portion of what is still considered “popular music”?

Like, we really hope the producers create more room for “Urban” categories and talent on future shows because there were at least four performances that were at best bathroom breaks.

Put simply, trim the filler performances and cultivate a show that is more inclusive and more reflective of a culture that continues “inspire” mainstream names such Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry (hello ‘Dark Horse’), and of course Macklemore.

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  1. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014

    We’re still talking about this because? He lost, move on. Anyway, Mariah is THE QUEEN

  2. Mark111 January 29, 2014

    Here’s my thing, if you’re both rappers and both was nominated for Best New Artist. Mack won Best New Artist (the big awardĺ, so how was he supposed to lose Best Hip Hop album when she was the best new artist of that genre to the guy in the same genre and was also a new artist? Mack had a huge year, the only thing I heard about Ken was a verses. Get over it, these hip hop fans sound as bad as Bieber fans when he did win Best New Artist.

  3. Speak on it January 29, 2014

    Oh please, get over it, YOU LOST, move on

  4. T-Jay January 29, 2014

    Like they always say “Black culture is popular, but black people are not.” … It’s sad, but the truth.

  5. Lovebird January 29, 2014

    Mack won, he deserved to win, get over it.

    Kendrick is an oxymoron though, he is so long sided and sees past the present and glances further into the future; if only his height did the same.

  6. molly January 29, 2014

    yawn so over it

  7. Lovebird January 29, 2014

    Mariah fans lol; anyway.

    Kendrick, better luck next time but this was Mack’s moment, let him have it.

  8. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014

    Hey Mark111

  9. slay_hive January 29, 2014

    It’s just absolutely unfair that he had seven nominations and went home with NOTHING?

    Macklemore is full of s***. i hate him :/

  10. molly January 29, 2014

    whats unfair is that beyonce has more grammys then whitney and mariah.

  11. slay_hive January 29, 2014


    Two different GENERATIONS, and Beyonce doesn’t have much competition 😉 Not her fault. seethe

  12. Diamond Princess January 29, 2014

    See if this was Kanye West’s ass he would have been spazzed out. He probably would have gone on stage during Macklemore’s speech or called a press conference to say he deserved it NOT them. But Kendrick is so incredibly humble, I can tell when he thanked God at the BET awards during his speech, like seriously who does that anymore? I hope he stays that way and doesn’t let fame or pressure get to him. He said it best, “everything happens for a reason,” God will bless him with so much more. Truly a gentleman.

  13. Bey Fan January 29, 2014

    yall telling him to get over… did yall even read what he said??? Smh

    Besides Same Love, I can’t say i was feeling any of his other songs. But the dude hustled and i give Mack mad respect for that.

  14. Tisha January 29, 2014

    I’m so glad he acted with class on the subject because everyone else has acted the fool.

    Macklemore deserved the win, they accomplished something no one has done for decades (#1 single as an independent artist) and didn’t just 1 hit and quit, or got lucky but actually managed to Pull out several singles that charted and talk on a variety of topics.

    The mere fact that they’ve supported so many of their fellow musicians (black and white) from their hometown who aren’t being shown love by their own community makes me so proud. Those individuals have massive talent but no one was shining a spotlight down.

  15. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014


    Correction: Beyonce has more Grammys than Msriah, Whitney , and Celine combined. She’s probably gonna win another 6 Grammys next year .

  16. Bey Fan January 29, 2014

    Does anyone know how many Grammy’s Whitney and Mariah actually lost? I mean who won in their categories ?

  17. Stephy Tha Lambily January 29, 2014

    He is such a humble guy. Its ok. He will give many more great albums. He has all the time in the world.

    Good luck Kendrick Lamar.

  18. FutureCIARA January 29, 2014

    “Cant Remember To Purchase You” Video drops tomorrow…

  19. Talent January 29, 2014

    @futureciara hmmm is that the title of Ciara’s new album? #57k

  20. iconic cici January 29, 2014

    That song is so wack @Future

  21. slay_hive January 29, 2014

    ““Cant Remember To Purchase You” Video drops tomorrow…”

    hope that helps it’s out of the top 100 on itunes, while DIL is in the top 5 🙁 😉

  22. Stephy Tha Lambily January 29, 2014

    Mariah Carey has too much competition..

    Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Sade, Michael Jackson, Alanis M, Boys To Men, Mary J Blige, R Kelly, Janet Jackson, Jodicy, Shania Twain, Madonna, SWV, Prince & many more people put out great/masterpieces in the 90s…

    It was just too much competition.

    Beyonce competition is Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele, Trey Songz, Taylor Swift, Kelly Rowland, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson & many more…

    Now compare Mariah’s to Beyonce’s LOLM

  23. FutureCIARA January 29, 2014

    Its ok babe @ Kendrick Slaymar

    Im grateful for your intelligent response, although you didn’t have to say a damn thing!

    We all know that award shows are rigged to the Gods!!!

  24. Theman January 29, 2014

    From a purist standpoint Kendrick deserved the best Hiphop album. “Macklemore” is great also, don’t get it twisted. People are omitting the fact that his album sold over a million copies, with four hit singles.. He did this all the while being an independent artist. Kendrick created classic hiphop, and that deserved to be rewarded.. But Macklemore is very talented..

  25. Stephy Tha Lambily January 29, 2014

    Also, dont forget Mariahs competition towards the mid – late 90s…

    Brandy, Monica, Lauryn Hill & Boy Bands take over & Britney Spears & Bubble Gum Pop Take Over…

    Lol Beyonce gonna win like 6 Grammy Awards in 2015…

    Beyonce gonna surpass Aretha which is a DAMN shame! LOLOOOOL

  26. FutureCIARA January 29, 2014

    @Iconic Ci

    Yeah its evident that the song is s***, Just try and search for it on the charts….


    Yes mam, This video will define Rih’s “Icon” status…. I know it will be a Kii

  27. iKatyCats January 29, 2014

    How can Cierror stans shade anybody I mean really lmaoooo that b**** ain’t seen a chart this decade

  28. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014

    “Yeah its evident that the song is s***, Just try and search for it on the charts….”

    Seriously? You Ciara fans need to give it up. I’m sure can’t remember is still at least 5000 positions higher than Ciara on ITunes. Smh

  29. JER January 29, 2014

    Everyone trying to make a controversy out of this. It’s not going to happen. It’s pathetic really.

  30. iconic cici January 29, 2014

    But wheres Katys Grammy?

  31. Diamond Princess January 29, 2014

    I CAN’T with you morons and your lack of brain cells. Kendrick clearly just said he was happy for Macklemore and that they worked hard for their win. Call Hooked on Phonics quick! Because some of ya’ll can’t READ or COMPREHEND. If you payed more attention in class instead of listening to your fave’s music and stalking blog posts all day ya’ll might actually have a chance in life. Good bye.

  32. iKatyCats January 29, 2014

    Where’s Ciara’s nomination?

  33. iconic cici January 29, 2014

    Im pretty sure Mariahs vocals these days are just as thin as the hair under Beyonces 50 pound wig.

  34. FutureCIARA January 29, 2014

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  35. Stephy Tha Lambily January 29, 2014

    Katy Perry does not have a Grammy because she is African American kii kii kii

  36. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014

    Two things Ciara fans shouldn’t mention are sales and vocals because she’s clearly absent from both areas.

  37. FutureCIARA January 29, 2014

    @Slutriah Just wants more of my attention, I told all lambs that Im paying them dust for atleast a week, especially after Slutriah got dragged by @MOLLY, @LOVEBIRD and myself over the course of 48hrs ago

    And whoever else is screaming for me to drag them, just have several, @Iconic Ci is already dragging you b****!

  38. Stephy Tha Lambily January 29, 2014

    Iconic Cici… Stop it gurl! Ciara is a flop so shut that mouf sorry MOLLY !

  39. iconic cici January 29, 2014

    Lmao no the b**** is a joke that’s why can’t believe shes gonna have more number 1s then Janet soon smh what a joke

  40. iconic cici January 29, 2014

    Dont you Mariah fans have some Beyonce sales & talent to cling to @Stephy

  41. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014

    “Dragging” me clearly isn’t helping Ciara sell her music, book major stages, and have any form of relevancy. Mariah’s lowest selling album sold more than Ciara’s last three albums combined.

  42. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 29, 2014

    @Iconic Flop

    Why would we wanna cling to Beyonce’s sales when Mariah sold more than her?? Death @ the reach.

  43. Stephy Tha Lambily January 29, 2014

    Iconic Cici, dont try me boo… Lets just keep is cute

  44. UMo January 29, 2014

    Since Kendrick wants to be humble, not come off bitter or ruffle any feathers….I’ll do it for him…


    You keep it class Kendrick, I’ll get lowdown and tell the truth for you.

  45. ROSEGOLD January 29, 2014

    Told yall Kendrick wasn’t bothered.

  46. TheBrooklynBombshell January 29, 2014

    I think it’s a shame he didn’t win, I can’t say much about Macklemore because I did snap my neck to “Thrift Shop” last summer, don’t know what his album sounds like. I do own Kendirck’s album and “REAL” alone slays 80% of the trash forced down our throats. I like the response he gave. I also don’t think he cares about shiny things as much as most do this is a man who rapped “Benz is to me just a car”.

    He has plenty of time to take home more Grammy’s.

  47. Mark111 January 29, 2014

    Slayriah Who are you and where is the real Slay Slay? lol

  48. bravo!!! January 29, 2014

    Mariah Careys the new Whitney, and the new whitney 2007 and on.

  49. bravo!!! January 29, 2014

    Kendrick Lamar got a phatty,!! go to and check his sag.

  50. Navy Nick January 29, 2014

    Hes a good dude

  51. Avi January 29, 2014

    Kendrick is real hip hop, Macklemore is just a silly pop rapper. Real hip hop cats don’t f*** with him and his brand of stale cheese.

  52. nivea January 29, 2014

    you ask me, its all a gimmick for money!

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  54. Qu3_pid January 29, 2014

    why do everyone keep saying Kendrick “get over it”? when was did he ever have an issue about not winning..?. yall need to read! Mack had the problem!!! He felt like Kendrick deserved it over him!! Kendrick is not sweating on not winning a grammy.. HOWEVER, The Grammys do not showcase HIP-HOP like other award shows as if its not really music. They only really showcase HIP HOP ARTIST if they were apart of HIP-POP song. Let’s just be honest! CONGRATS TO BOTH THOUGH FOR EVEN GETTING NOM

  55. Give it up January 30, 2014

    He can’t even speak English GTFO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. Navy Commander January 30, 2014

    Both Taylor swift and Macklemoore should be moved to the pop category

  57. shaniel February 1, 2014

    i bet you would’nt say it in his face racist ass b****!!!..

  58. K-FLO February 1, 2014

    Macklemore won because it’s a good album. If you disagree, then BYE ASHEY

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