Macklemore published an apology on his website for the seemingly ethnic costume he wore to a performance on Friday. In the blog post, he says again that it wasn’t his intention to “mimic any culture, nor resemble one” with his outfit choice. The costume was a disguise so that he could sneak into the venue for a surprise show at the EMP Museum. READ FULL STORY
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Macklemore decked himself out in a strange getup for a surprise performance at the EMP Museum in Seattle on Friday. Nothing out of the ordinary about that. Except instead of his usual “Thrift Shop” fare, he wore an oversized fake nose, black beard, and black wig. As everyone on Twitter has already pointed out, the costume appears to be a caricature of a Jewish man. Seth Rogen certainly thought so: READ FULL STORY
Macklemore talks about losing a friend to drugs, keeping his sobriety and more in MTVU special -- watch a clip here EXCLUSIVE
As much as the duo might be high on life (and Grammy fumes) right now, Macklemore has always been open about his past issues with substance abuse, and in a special , he talks specifically about losing a friend to addiction, and the advice he has for ones who are struggling.
The interview is part of “The Other Side,” an initiative launched by mtvU and The Jed Foundation’s “Half Of Us” campaign to help students deal with prescription drug abuse on college campuses.
Watch the two clips exclusively here:
Losing A Friend
As with every awards show ever, last night’s Grammys ceremony has inspired a glut of reactions online — not all of them good. So what’s the pitchfork-wielding mob upset about this morning? Here’s a sampling:
1. They misspelled Cory Monteith’s name
As we noted last night, the Grammy proofreaders dropped the ball on honoring the late Glee star (see above). Not a good look, guys.
2. They cut off the closing act
In a show woefully short on straight-up rock music (but thank you, Metallica!), many were looking forward to the epic confluence of Nine Inch Nails, Lindsey Buckingham, Queens of the Stone Age, and Dave Grohl. Which viewers at home caught some of before the Grammys rudely interrupted the guitar heroes with a Delta promo — and then ended the telecast altogether. Trent Reznor had some feelings about it, too: READ FULL STORY
Macklemore is The Source‘s man of the year.
The Seattle rapper was among the most-played artists of 2013, partnering with producer Ryan Lewis on hits such as “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and “Same Love” and earning seven Grammy nominations.
Macklemore discusses his hip-hop credentials, the Grammys, the role of race in his pop success, and worrying over Kanye’s opinion in an interview with the magazine.
Even though he’s also nominated for best rap album at the Grammy Awards, Macklemore says Kendrick Lamar should win: “I think it should go to Kendrick. He’s family.”
Macklemore and Lewis also are up for top honors album and song of the year.
Previous man of the year winners include Rick Ross and 2 Chainz.
Not everyone can expect to win a Grammy. But as Scooter Braun demonstrated last year, some artists—like Braun’s ward Justin Bieber—count at least on a nomination. The fact of which provides a faint veneer of drama for tonight’s frantically-titled ceremony The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, airing at 10 PM tonight (Dec. 6) on CBS.
Likewise, the hope that a beloved, non-ubiquitous artist might win some publicity with a placement in one of the major categories should carry us into tonight’s show. LL Cool J will once again host—with a little buddy, Ed Sheeran, along as presenter—and Miguel, Keith Urban, Lorde, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry will perform (Swift and Perry via satellite). In the meantime, here are some thoughts on the big categories and the artists in play.
Best New Artist
More than anyone, Lorde’s got that Best New Artist smell: She’s young (17) and contrarian, a perfect vessel for fantasies about a new pop order that better accommodates coastal American hipster ideals. (Even though she’s from New Zealand and befriended the “flawless” Taylor Swift.) My own coastal American hipster picks would be the more openly aspirational, less coolly outsiderish Kendrick Lamar and Kacey Musgraves. And of course, I love Ariana Grande … READ FULL STORY
Hold your applause: Lady Gaga will perform at the American Music Awards next month.
Dick Clark Productions announced Thursday that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, and Luke Bryan will also hit the stage for the Nov. 24 awards show in Los Angeles.
Previously announced performers include Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Imagine Dragons, and Florida Georgia Line.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead with six nominations, including artist, new artist, and single of the year for “Thrift Shop.” Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake have five nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna, and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons are both up for three awards.
The AMAs will air on ABC from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made history on Wednesday when their single “Can’t Hold Us” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, following “Thrift Shop”‘s rise to the top in February. The Seattle-based rap collaborators are now the first duo to have their first two singles on the Hot 100.
Both tracks appeared on the rapper/producer duo’s album The Heist, which was released in August 2012.
Among all artists, not just duos, Macklemore and Lewis is the first act to see its first two singles reach No. 1 since Lady Gaga hit the scene with “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” in 2009.
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Today, Seattle duo Macklemore (pictured, right) and Ryan Lewis (left), hit number one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 with their college-anthem-turned-mainstream-smash “Thrift Shop,” unseating Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven,” which had held the pole position for six weeks.
When the rapper/producer pair’s independently produced album The Heist opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last October, many music fans above the age of 21 were left wondering who Macklemore and Ryan Lewis even were. (Not us, of course. We chatted with Macklemore back in August.) But the monumental success of “Thrift Shop” has given them millions of listeners outside the college bubble.
EW recently chatted with the pair about their unexpected success, impressing Ellen DeGeneres, repping their hometown of Seattle, and how to thrift like pros: READ FULL STORY
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