Why Macklemore Should Not Have Apologized To Kendrick Lamar For Winning A Grammy
Macklemore walked away with four Grammy’s last night and when it was all over he texted Kendrick Lamar an apology for “robbing” him of the Grammy for Best Rap Album. While it may seem like a nice gesture, I don’t think any apology was necessary.
After the show Macklemore posted an Instagram picture of the text he sent to Kendrick saying;
You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend.
There was no need for this. Everything before “Congrats on your year . . .” could have been left off and the text would have been just as effective.
Now before you get all upset and start yelling about what a great album ‘GKMC’ is, just wait a minute. I agree with you! Kendricks album could have, and possibly should have won the Grammy. It was dope from beginning to end, and will go down as one of the best in his career.
The problem is that every bit of rap genius pouring out of ‘GKMC’ is also pouring out of ‘The Heist’. Both albums typify what Hip-Hop is supposed to be about! Both men emptied their souls onto an original beat, and made the world sing along with the personal struggles that they live.
Those two projects are the type of albums that live long past any awards or accolades from critics. They produced the kind of music that lives inside of people.
So why didn’t Kendrick win? Everybody has their own theory ranging from Macklemores stance on same sex marriage, to race. I think the answer is actually really simple. There can only be one winner. No matter how great both albums are, there is only one award and people shouldn’t be complaining regardless of who won.
Macklemore fans are no doubt arguing about album sales, radio play, concert sales and overall media impact. If Kendrick would have won, none of that would have mattered. Macklemore fans would have to do the same thing I’m suggesting that Kendrick fans do.
APPRECIATE THE QUALITY OF BOTH PROJECTS!
Do you know how many years they’ve given the award to someone who had no right winning it because they were the best of the bad crop.
So when I say that Macklemore shouldn’t have apologized, I don’t mean that Kendrick wasn’t deserving. I mean that there is a much better way to show an obvious mutual respect for a peer than that.
What do you think?
Watch the amazing performances from Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar below.