9 Reasons Why Macklemore Was the Best Person on the Internet This Month
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In 2014, Yahoo Celebrity is going to recognize one celeb each month for their contributions to pop culture — whether they made a splash on social media, inspired multiple memes, or simply started a new hair trend. We want to honor that person who through their very presence made the Internet a better place.
Best Person on the Internet This Month: Macklemore
Check out nine reasons why (drumroll, please) we think Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) ruled in the month of January.
1. The Grammy Wedding: Macklemore and his music partner, Ryan Lewis, stole the show at the Grammys when they performed their song “Same Love” as Queen Latifah officiated a live wedding of more than 30 gay and straight couples. When viewers thought the group nuptials couldn’t get any more exciting, Madonna took the stage to sing parts of her 1986 ballad "Open Your Heart." That Sunday, Macklemore was mentioned in more than 1 million tweets.
2. Personal Evolution: We've seen the 2009 tweets that Salon deemed "homophobe-ish" and others called worse, but even if Macklemore actually meant them in a straightforward way, he's obviously changed his tune and has now taken a serious stand in favor of civil rights.
3. His 4 Grammy Wins: Not only did Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, but they swept the rap genre. Their jam "Thrift Shop" was named Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, while their debut album, "The Heist," received Best Rap Album honors.
4. The Apology: A lot of hip-hop fans were outraged that the duo won Best Rap Album over more "legitimate" artists such as Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar, and so was Macklemore. The 30-year-old sent a message to Kendrick Lamar apologizing to the singer and shared a screenshot of the text with his 2.7 million Instagram followers. While some people questioned his sincerity, Lamar gave his fellow rapper his blessing in an interview with Spin magazine. "It's well deserved," Lamar said of the awards. "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."