Macklemore said before the awards that he felt Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” should win best rap album. He posted to Instagram a text he sent to Lamar following the awards that said in part: “It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you.”
XXL also asked Lamar if he felt the Grammys undervalued hip-hop. Only three rappers — Jay Z, Macklemore and Lewis, and Lamar — performed during the telecast. All three were show highlights for different reasons.
“I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre,” Lamar said. “We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.”
(AP Photo: Kendrick Lamar performs at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.)