The 26-year-old nabbed seven nominations and walked away without a single win at the ceremony, while Macklemore took home four awards, including Best Rap Album for The Heist. Instead of celebrating the victory, the Seattle rapper apologized to Lamar for robbing the category.
In the magazine, Lamar puts the lid on the controversy once and for all. "The text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," he told the magazine. "However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people's souls, and no one can take that away."
K. Dot's snub in the coveted rap category and Macklemore's attempted apology message made for a bunch of rap debates over who was the more deserving winner of the two. Prior to the Grammys, some members of the voting committee even wanted to shun Macklemore from the rap category entirely.
Regardless of the outcome, Lamar maintained that he is happy just to have the Grammy recognition. "Really the whole Grammy moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot."
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