Macklemore Almost Cut From Rap Grammys, Source Says

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By: Adelle Platon / January 24, 2014

After piling up the wins in 2013 thanks to their platinum LP The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis almost didn’t place in the rap categories for the 56th annual Grammy Awards because several members of the Academy refused to recognize them as such.

An Associated Press source, who chose to remain anonymous, says the Grammy committee were going to ax the Seattle-based tandem from said categories because of their “success on mainstream radio and their appeal in the pop world.”

Still, the hip-pop duo ended up nabbing seven Grammy nods, including album of the year and best rap album, accolades that wouldn’t hurt their already stellar record. Their catchy hit “Thrift Shop” sold 7.3 million records while their consequent single “Can’t Hold Us” pushed more than 5 million units. Not to mention that the group is also an independent artist.

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According to the Grammy insider, the committee held a meeting late last year to figure out which genre to place Mack in.

“Because of the controversy with them as a rap group it became something the entire Grammy committee discussed,” the source said.

Despite the hesitation, M & RL made the cut by a landslide vote.

Check the full report here and tune in to see if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take the gold at the Grammys this Sunday (Jan. 26) at 8pm EST on CBS.