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Kendrick Lamar shows Macklemore respect: Says Grammy was ‘well-deserved’

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has a bright future and is not holding a grudge after being shut out at the 56th annual Grammy Awards this past Sunday night, even after losing in the best rap album category to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. In an interview with XXL magazine on Jan. 29, the rising rap star gave Macklemore some props for the Grammy win.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The seven-time Grammy nominee took the high road even after Macklmore himself tweeted publicly that he felt Lamar should’ve won. He told XXL magazine:

It’s well-deserved. He did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason. The universe comes back around. That’s how it go.”

Lamar definitely feels that his time will come, but the moment just belonged to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who took home four trophies in the rap categories, which angered some in the hip-hop community.

But Lamar did make the most of the Grammy spotlight when given the opportunity. His performance with Imagine Dragons is still creating buzz, but he feels the Grammys undervalued hip-hop with the lack of rappers performing that night.

I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as well.”

And its that music that brings people together. Although Lamar didn’t win a Grammy, he left the night knowing that he was a winner, because he represented his genre by delivering one of the best performances of the night.