An unnamed source from the Grammys Rap Committee told the Associated Press that Macklemore almost wasn’t included in their awards categories. ”It’s not that they don’t think he’s a rapper,” said the source. “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?” Whether Macklemore is rap or not isn’t a topic that is unfamiliar as he’s talked about this since May 2013.
The committee felt that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shouldn’t qualify in the genre because “of their success on mainstream radio and their appeal in the pop world.” When the debate was presented to the general committee, they voted and in a landslide decision concluded that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis should be in the rap categories.