When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' names were called as winners for "Best Rap Album" at the 2014 Grammy Awards, the Internet exploded with criticism as rap fans everywhere were shocked and appalled. Chie...
f amongst their gripes was that "The Heist," Macklemore's pop-centric album, beat out Kendrick Lamar's universally recognized hip hop classic "good kid M.A.A.D. City."
But should fans have been that surprised? A closer look at the history of the Grammys' "Best Rap Album" category -- and what typically happens when white rappers are nominated -- reveals an interesting trend.
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