January 26

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win 4 Grammys Awards

The rap duo won best new artist at the Sunday awards show as well as best rap album for ‘The Heist.’

By Mesfin Fekadu
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might shop at thrift shops, but they now have a ton of Grammy gold.

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Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore, second left, accept the award for best new artist from presenters Anna Kendrick, right and Pharrell Williams at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday.

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The rap duo won four Grammy Awards so far Sunday, including best new artist and rap album for “The Heist,” beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.

“Wow, we’re here on the stage right now,” said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiance and team. “I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support.”

Beyonce kicked off the Grammy Awards with steamy and smoky performance of “Drunk In Love:” She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple – parents of little Blue Ivy – held hands and danced together.

Robin Thicke performed with Chicago, singing the group’s songs before going into “Blurred Lines,” which energized the crowd. Thicke finished the performance singing on the floor. Katy Perry sang “Dark Horse” in an eerie forest with fire that mirrored the song’s vibe, and John Legend and Taylor Swift – who whipped her head, and hair, back and forth – played pianos during their slow songs.

Daft Punk, nominated for record and album of the year, were double winners, picking up honors for best dance/electronica album for “Random Access Memories” and pop duo/group performance for “Get Lucky” with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

“Dude, on the behalf of the robots . thank you, thank you, thank you,” said Williams, who also won non-classical producer of the year.

Looking to Daft Punk, sporting their signature helmets, Williams said: “They want to thank their families. And of course, the incredible Nile.”

Macklemore & Lewis’ wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the group from its categories. A source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee. The rap committee felt Macklemore & Lewis should qualify for the pop awards instead because of their massive success on Top 40 radio. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Macklemore & Lewis are also nominated for album and song of the year.

Justin Timberlake, who isn’t up for any of the major awards, won three trophies, including best R&B song for “Pusher Love Girl” and music video for “Suit & Tie,” which also earned Jay Z a Grammy. Jay Z and Timberlake also won best rap/sung collaboration for “Holy Grail.”

“I want to thank God – I mean a little bit for this award – but mostly for all the universe for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life,” Jay Z said, looking at Beyonce. “I want to tell Blu that, look, ‘Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.”’

Lorde won her first Grammy for best pop solo performance with the hit “Royals.”

“This is the one thing I didn’t expect the most about tonight, so thank you so much,” said Lorde, who beat out Timberlake, Perry, Sara Bareilles and Bruno Mars.

Lorde performed “Royals” early on during the show, and she was just one of the top females to hit the Grammy stage Sunday: Madonna, Carole King, Pink and Bareilles will also perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The men are showing up, too, and performers include Metallica, Willie Nelson, Dave Grohl and Nine Inch Nails. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney will sing separately on the telecast.

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