Seattle's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were able to garner seven Grammy nominations this year in both pop and hip hop/rap categories. However, controversy within the Grammy committe did exist on whether or not the independent duo deserved nominations in hip hop/rap categories. An anonymous source, who attended the general Grammy committee meeting, reported to AP that there were issues with what categories Ben and Ryan deserved nominations in. Most members of the Rap committee believed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were not worthy of hip hop/rap nominations. When the issue was put to a vote by the general Grammy committee, the opinion was overturned in a landslide. The issue was generated by the Rap committee's concern with the amount of Top 40 radio exposure the duo received in 2013, compared to the artists they will be going head to head with. The anonymous source said, "It's not that they don't think he's a rapper. It's just that when you're trying to protect categories and someone has become popular, it should be judged as much. ... Where does their music exist? Who are their fans?" Rob Kenner, a member of the Recording Academy and a Grammy voter, wrote an article for Complex magazine on the Grammy's voting process. Kenner shined some light on flaws within the system, regarding the slight edge the more popular artists have over their peers. "Along with the official guidelines, I soon learned another unwritten rule during private conversations with other committee members: be careful about green-lighting an album by someone who was really famous if you don’t want to see that album win a Grammy. Because famous people tend to get more votes from clueless Academy members, regardless of the quality of their work. This is especially true in specialized categories like reggae and, to a lesser extent, hip-hop, where many voting members of the Recording Academy (who tend to skew older than the demographic for rap music) may not be well acquainted with the best releases in any given year." Therefore, it appears as if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will hold a slight edge over their peers due to the lack of knowledge many of the Grammy voters have on the best hip hop/rap music of 2013. In an interview with The Source, Macklemore even admitted he is aware of the uproar it will cause if he takes home the Grammy for Best Rap Album over Kendrick Lamar. He even admitted he would like to see Kendrick take home the award. "[In the Best Rap Album category], we're up against Kendrick, who made a phenomenal album. If we win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, hip-hop is going to be heated. In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick. He's family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn't win]. I'm not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album." The drama will unfold this Sunday, January 26th, when the Grammys air at 8 EST. on CBS.
News | January 24, 2014
Grammy’s Rap Committee Wanted To Deny Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Nominations

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Seattle's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were able to garner seven Grammy nominations this year in both pop and hip hop/rap categories. However, controversy within the Grammy committe did exist on whether or not the independent duo deserved nominations in hip hop/rap categories. An anonymous source, who attended the general Grammy committee meeting, reported to AP that there were issues with what categories Ben and Ryan deserved nominations in. Most members of the Rap committee believed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were not worthy of hip hop/rap nominations. When the issue was put to a vote by the general Grammy committee, the opinion was overturned in a landslide.

The issue was generated by the Rap committee's concern with the amount of Top 40 radio exposure the duo received in 2013, compared to the artists they will be going head to head with. The anonymous source said, "It's not that they don't think he's a rapper. It's just that when you're trying to protect categories and someone has become popular, it should be judged as much. … Where does their music exist? Who are their fans?"

Rob Kenner, a member of the Recording Academy and a Grammy voter, wrote an article for Complex magazine on the Grammy's voting process. Kenner shined some light on flaws within the system, regarding the slight edge the more popular artists have over their peers. "Along with the official guidelines, I soon learned another unwritten rule during private conversations with other committee members: be careful about green-lighting an album by someone who was really famous if you don’t want to see that album win a Grammy. Because famous people tend to get more votes from clueless Academy members, regardless of the quality of their work. This is especially true in specialized categories like reggae and, to a lesser extent, hip-hop, where many voting members of the Recording Academy (who tend to skew older than the demographic for rap music) may not be well acquainted with the best releases in any given year." Therefore, it appears as if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will hold a slight edge over their peers due to the lack of knowledge many of the Grammy voters have on the best hip hop/rap music of 2013.

In an interview with The Source, Macklemore even admitted he is aware of the uproar it will cause if he takes home the Grammy for Best Rap Album over Kendrick Lamar. He even admitted he would like to see Kendrick take home the award. "[In the Best Rap Album category], we're up against Kendrick, who made a phenomenal album. If we win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, hip-hop is going to be heated. In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick. He's family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn't win]. I'm not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album."

The drama will unfold this Sunday, January 26th, when the Grammys air at 8 EST. on CBS.