There are some who suggest that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis shouldn't have been included in any of the 2014 Grammy Awards' hip-hop categories, but Kendrick Lamar tells his friend and fellow rapper to forget all of that.
"It's other people's opinions. Whatever he put his heart out to do, you know he raps and people receive it as that, it's just opinions," Kendrick Lamar told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway and "Girl Code" star Nicole Byer as he walked the Grammy red carpet on Sunday night (January 26).
"He just needs to do him. I wouldn't listen to what nobody got to say," Lamar continued.
The Seattle, Washington, hip-hop duo already took home three awards tonight in the pre-televised portion of the show. They won golden gramophones in the Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and the Best Rap Album categories, beating out Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake and Lamar's critically acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Despite the wins, an unnamed source told The Associated Press earlier this week that "most" members of the rap committee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences looked to keep the Seattle, Washington, duo out of the award ceremony's rap categories, contesting that all of their pop success was a strike against their hip-hop cred.
Through it all, Kendrick and Macklemore have shown overwhelming support for each other. "The Grammys are important for sure," Kendrick said about his own nominations. "I think any accolades period, whether it's this, that ... anything that solidifies me working hard enough to be acknowledged by everybody is a blessing."