Everyone Is Mad About Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy Wins

01/26/2014 07:12 pm ET | Updated Jan 27, 2014
  • Kia Makarechi Senior Editor for Mobile and Innovations, The Huffington Post

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept the rap categories at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, picking up statues for Best Rap Song ("Thrift Shop"), Best Rap Performance ("Thrift Shop") and Best Rap Album ("The Heist").

A passionate debate about the Seattle rapper's likely win had been percolating on the internet for months. Many pointed to Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid Maad City" as the LP that should have won Best Rap Album, and to Kanye West's "New Slaves" for Best Rap Song. Part of the controversy focuses on whether Macklemore is more a pop artist than a pure rapper, while others wonder if Macklemore, who is white, attracts the attention of Grammy voters who may not have otherwise paid attention to the category (Grammy voters don't cast ballots for every category -- they can vote for a maximum of nine categories and are supposed to focus on what they know).

The pair was also featured on the cover of this year's Grammy voters' guide.

Macklemore pre-empted part of the conversation by posting a screenshot of his text messages with Lamar. Macklemore and Lewis were set to be joined by Madonna for a performance of "Same Love" while 34 couples get married in the aisles of the Staples Center.

Here's how the internet reacted to their Grammy wins:

Some people were quick to offer up some counterarguments, too:

The 2014 Grammys Red Carpet

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