Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

With all of the hoopla that has been surrounding this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, one of the biggest conversation pieces has been Macklemore & Ryan Lewis going toe to toe with Kendrick Lamar with 7 nominations a piece. What has gotten lost in the shuffle though is the news that certain members of the Grammy committee were sternly against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis being included in the Grammy Rap categories. Find out why below the jump.

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According to anonomyous source, members of the Grammy committee felt that the Seattle duo should be omitted from rap categories because of their mainstream/top 40 success, claiming that their success lends itself more to pop audiences as opposed to rap fans.

“It’s not that they don’t think he’s a rapper,” the person said of the rap committee’s decision. “It’s just that when you’re trying to protect categories and someone has become popular, it should be judged as much. … Where does their music exist? Who are their fans?”

Hot 97’s Program Director Ebro Darden even weighed in saying

Macklemore & Lewis should compete for hip-hop Grammys, though he thinks sonically the group “lends itself to a more mainstream taste palate.”