Macklemore ‘Grateful’ For Movie Awards, But C’Mon, ‘No Lifetime Achievement’?

The rapper jokes to MTV News about his lack of awards, but says his performance was very 'surreal.'

Given the success of “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are destined for the kind of stardom that eliminates the need to, well, be thrifty. But even after a showstopping performance of “Can’t Hold Us” at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the rapper told MTV’s Josh Horowitz that the newfound fame he and partner Ryan Lewis have earned is still a little overwhelming.

When asked about his experience at the awards ceremony, Macklemore (whose real name is Ben Haggerty) seemed disappointed he didn’t come away with a statuette. “No lifetime achievement award? It wasn’t my year,” he glumly joked. “But for the first time on a red carpet tonight and performing here, it was very surreal, man. I’m extremely grateful.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Macklemore confessed. “You know, it’s one of those moments.”

Horowitz’ conversation with Macklemore was interrupted briefly when Movie Awards host Rebel Wilson walked by, still clad in her “Iron Mangina” suit. Wilson offered her congratulations to the performer as she raced to her dressing room to get out of costume. “There’s a river of sweat running down my legs,” she disclosed. “This Iron Mangina suit is ridiculous. But great performance — it was really cool.”


Thanks to a “Pitch Perfect” reunion that opened the ceremony, Wilson didn’t just host the show but performed on it as well. She empathized with Macklemore. “Singing live is hard!” she observed.

“Thank God I don’t sing,” he said, gratefully. “I get to rap.”

Is “Can’t Hold Us” a worthy follow-up to “Thrift Shop?” And perhaps most importantly, should Macklemore join the ranks of nominees at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards? Check out the rapper’s humble comments about his performance, and dig into all of MTV’s coverage of the MTV Movie Awards!

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