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Macklemore to Kendrick Lamar After Grammys: 'You Got Robbed'

'I wanted you to win. You should have,' Seattle rapper texted Compton MC

Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar.
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January 27, 2014 8:33 AM ET

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis cleaned up at the Grammys last night, winning Best New Artist and three awards in the Rap category. But after the ceremony, Macklemore Instagrammed a picture of a text he sent fellow nominee Kendrick Lamar, which reads, "You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and it sucks that I robbed you."

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Macklemore was referring to Lamar's critically acclaimed debut, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City, which yielded seven nominations for last night's awards – and won none. "I was gonna say that during the speech," Mackelmore's text continues. "Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music."

In the caption section of his Instagram post, Mackelmore explained that while he's not trying to diminish The Heist's win for Best Rap Album, it well, might not have been the best out there. "He deserved best rap album," he wrote. "I'm honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO." 

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Still, the night wasn't a wash for Lamar – his collaboration with Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons was one of the best-received performances of the night. The two acts combined their hits – Lamar's "m.a.a.d. city" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" for an electrifying live mash-up.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also had a much-buzzed-about performance – their rendition of "Same Love" featured Trombone Shorty, a group marriage performed by Queen Latifah and Madonna singing "Open Your Heart" to the newlyweds.

Next up for both acts: touring overseas, with Lamar playing South Africa, Australia and the Phillipines next month; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are also slated for a hefty tour of Australia and New Zealand, with dates also booked in China and Japan. 

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