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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis warm up for Sunday night’s Grammy Awards

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Musician Macklemore performs during a concert presented by T-Mobile at The Belasco Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)
Musician Macklemore performs during a concert presented by T-Mobile at The Belasco Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a little-known rap duo from Seattle with an album that sold beyond modest expectations a year ago.

As 2014 opens, Macklemore and Lewis are the focal point of the Grammy Awards — and few are more surprised than them.

“I never thought I’d be at Grammy week nominated for a Grammy Award,” Macklemore told a crowd of 1,500 at a concert put on by T-Mobile at the Belasco Theatre. “I definitely never thought that I would be nominated for seven of them.”

Macklemore and Lewis are up for three major awards — album, song and best new artist of the year — and will perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. They aren’t the top nominee — that honor belongs to Jay Z — but they’ve been the focal point of these Grammys and pop music for much of the last 12 months.

Thursday night’s show was the official kickoff of their week in Los Angeles. They’ll perform on Sunday at the Staples Center, and most expect them to carry home at least one trophy after a sensational year with hits like “Thrift Shop,” ”Can’t Hold Us” and the nominated gay rights anthem “Same Love” that helped moved them from rooms with a few hundred people to arenas with thousands rapping right along.

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“It’s crazy,” Lewis said in an interview before Thursday night’s show. “To wrap your head around the Grammys is a hard thing to do. Now I think we’re both just hitting a point where you can stop and reflect on 2013. There was an amazing number of shows and events. You couldn’t have imagined it. You couldn’t have thought it up. It all just sort of happened. We’re both very grateful to even be nominated or let in the building to go to the Grammys, and if we end up walking out with anything, I think it’s a dream come true.”

Should The Recording Academy choose not to recognize Lewis and Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, there will still be plenty of memories.

Haggerty said the craziest was the call they got from a certain rapper with a few pop hits of his own.

“Dinner with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett and their son Jaden, and then later joined by Willow — that was pretty cool,” Haggerty said. “The fact that they wanted to have dinner with us was just surreal.”

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26 more reader comments:

  1. .. my homoboys go .. wheee!!! °(ッ)/°

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:28am
  2. Yes! Win!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:28am
  3. good luck

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:29am
  4. I hope they rack up!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:29am
  5. Already!!! Winnnn

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:33am
  6. #Poser :/

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:37am
  7. Currently my favorites plus one republic

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:37am
  8. Great work…we all love you!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:49am
  9. Same love baby

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:53am
  10. Little known? These fuckers are on every channel! They’re impossible to get away from.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:07am
  11. why is this LGBTQ news?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:16am
  12. because of their One Love song - fairly ground-breaking to have a rap song about same sex marriage equality.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:50am
  13. great so a straight cis white guy is getting awards for talking about "queer" issues, meanwhile where are the awards for actual queer artists who have been discussing the same thing for years?

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:52am
  14. Society unfortunately has a long way to go. I think that stuff like this will open the door for LGBTQ artists to have their voices heard and awards to be won.And if a "straight cis white guy" wants to help us to do it, then more power to us.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:09am
  15. Plz Dont let Kanye West win shit.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:49am
  16. Kanye is such a buffoon...

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4:51am
  17. Idk why Macklemore has the only credit for a song dedicated ro marriage equality, Backstreet Boys did the same thing with “In A World Like This”.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:57am
  18. Boo!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:10am
  19. We should wondering about actual LGBTQ Artist like ADAM LAMBERT-who’s been talking marriage equality since day 1!!! Eff Stankamore!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:13am
  20. They better win it ALL!!! ;-)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:54am
  21. These guys are amazing

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:16am
  22. Well there is Adam Lambert and Frank Ocean

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:12am
  23. I Love them!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:07am
  24. Luv these guys!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:45pm
  25. Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:35pm
  26. Utah's Marriage Equality T-Shirt! Get it now :-) Tonight Utah's very own Home Depot Flash Mob Proposal Boys will be married live on the Grammy's along with 33 other same sex couples to Macklemores Same Love <3

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:38pm