Now the rest of the world knows why Seattle loves Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and their ode to Velour jumpsuits, gator shoes and flannel zebra jammies. The 2014 Grammys also celebrated their artistry, talent and tenacity.
The night could have ended early with the seven nominations for the independent rap group, and Macklemore and Lewis no doubt would have been ecstatic. But it did not end there. They won in four categories: best new artist, best performance, best song for “Thrift Shop” and best album for “The Heist.”
Macklemore, aka Ben Haggerty, and Lewis have been working it hard for years. Writing, producing and performing music and lyrics, with the talented support of other artists. These quote, unquote overnight successes have nurtured their gifts and entertained legions of fans.
To have them garner all this glory and attention is indeed special, and a true point of pride for Seattle. Read this excellent and encyclopedic report by Seattle-based writer Charles Cross that was featured in The Sunday Seattle Times. Team Macklemore includes Michael Wansley, on “Thrift Shop,” Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us,” and Mary Lambert, “Same Love.”
The Grammy performance of “Same Love,” a musical theme for the campaign to legalize gay marriage, provided a prime-time setting for 33 couples to exchange vows.
Macklemore and Lewis, who, as Cross points out, own their songs, will do well. And good for them. Successive No. 1 songs are part of their rap sheet. Let the industry whiners and jealous competitors find creative inspiration in their hissy fits.
Seattle could care less. This city knows trash talk.