Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win best new artist, Beyonce opens Grammys
Published on Jan 27, 2014 10:12 AM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the Grammy award for best new artist as the music industry kicked off its big night today (Sunday, Los Angeles time) with the promise of big-name collaborations and even a mass wedding to celebrate same-sex equality.
Minutes into the three-and-a-half-hour show, Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z sang Drunk In Love, her first public performance since her surprise self-titled album in December, a game-changer in the music industry for its stealth release.
Seattle-based Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rose through the independent music scene to storm the mainstream charts with hits such as Thrift Shop and Same Love, a homage to marriage equality and gay rights.
"Before there was any media, before there was any buzz about us, before there was a story, there was our fans and it spread organically through them," said Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, as he accepted the award for the duo.
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