Updated 03:38 AM EDT, Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Macklemore Says He 'Robbed' Rapper Kendrick Lamar of Best Rap Album Grammy Award [Audio]

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Although Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walked away with an impressive four awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Macklemore admitted that the Grammy committee snubbed rapper Kendrick Lamar, who received seven nominations but no wins Sunday night.

Macklemore went out of his way to express his regret for winning in the Best Rap Album category in a text message that he sent to Lamar.

"You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have," Macklemore wrote in the text, which he later posted to his Instagram account. "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. Much love."

The "Same Love" rapper also confessed that he "robbed" the Compton native of an award in the photo's caption which reads:

"My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album... I'm honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that's taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it's proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You're the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That's what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys"

Furthermore, the "Thrift Shop" rap artist went on Hot 97 to reiterate what he wrote in his text message and explain that both ignorance and racism played a role in Lamar's loss.

"I think what people don't understand is what the Grammys are is a bunch of people that are on the Grammy committee or in the industry, they get a ballot. I got a ballot this year. Now, as I'm filling out the ballot, I'm realizing I don't know much outside of the genre of hip-hop in terms of what should get what award. So I'm like, oh, I don't really know about singer/songwriter or country music. People are filling out bubbles of genres they don't know about. And that's the process of it," he said Monday morning on the radio station.

"In terms of the people that are voting on those ballots, that are filling out those bubbles, we have an unfair advantage, due to race, due to the fact that we had huge radio success. Due to the fact that our names were circulating more in a pocket of the industry of people filling out that ballot," he continued.

Listen to the audio from Macklemore's radio interview on Hot 97 below.

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