Washington rapper Macklemore has come forward to openly apologize to fellow hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar after beating him out of categories like “Best Rap Album” at last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

The Mack Man revealed a personal text message he shot to K. Dot following last night’s big wins.

“You got robbed. I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you. I was gonna say that during the speech. Then the music started playing during my speech and I froze. Anyway, you know what it is. Congrats on this year and your music. Appreciate you as an artist and as a friend. Much love.” (Macklemore’s Instagram)

The Seattle native also explained why he felt Lamar should have walked away with some gold.

“My text to Kendrick after the show. He deserved best rap album… I’m honored and completely blown away to win anything much less 4 Grammys. But in that category, he should have won IMO. And that’s taking nothing away from The Heist. Just giving GKMC it’s proper respect.. With that being said, thank you to the fans. You’re the reason we were on that stage tonight. And to play Same Love on that platform was a career highlight. The greatest honor of all. That’s what this is about. Progress and art. Thank you. #grammys” (Macklemore’s Instagram)

With a slew of nominations in various categories, Mack and sidekick Ryan Lewis left their competition going home empty-handed.

Best New Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Best Rap Performance: “Thift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Best Rap Song: “Thift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Best Rap Album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (E! Online)

Recently, Mack joked about being ready to experience rap star Kanye West stealing his moment if he won “Best Rap Album.”

“Then he’s got a point. [In the Best Rap Album category], we’re up against Kendrick, who made a phenomenal album. If we win a Grammy for Best Rap Album, Hip-Hop is going to be heated. In terms of [that category], I think it should go to Kendrick [Lamar]. He’s family. TDE is family, and I understand why Hip-Hop would feel like Kendrick got robbed [if he didn’t win]. I’m not trying to compare albums; I think you can make an argument for both. With that being said, I am a huge supporter of what Kendrick does. And because of that, I would love to win in a different category. We obviously had massive success on commercial radio, and I think that, in ways, The Heist was a bigger album, but Kendrick has a better rap album.” (The Source)

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