Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Spotlight
"I'm always in a process of trying to find out who I am and why I'm here," Ben Haggerty, better known as Macklemore, told Billboard last May. "And that hasn't changed. That's what 'The Heist' is about."
|MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS' BILLBOARD CHART HIGHLIGHTS|
|October 27, 2012: "The Heist" debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. |
January 26, 2013: "Thrift Shop" (feat. Wanz) hits No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and spends 14 weeks at the top.
February 2, 2013: "Thrift Shop" (feat. Wanz) hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spends six weeks at the top.
May 18, 2013: "Can't Hold Us" (feat. Ray Dalton) hits No. 1 on the Hot 100, making the pair the first duo to take its first two singles to No. 1 in the chart's history. The song spends five weeks at No. 1.
July 13, 2013: "Same Love" (feat. Mary Lambert) peaks at No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
After pouncing upon unaware listeners with a penny-pinching lyrical concept and buoyant horn riff on breakout smash "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spent the rest of 2013 convincing their new audiences that "The Heist," the duo's debut album, was more than just one anthem. While the Seattle pair's debut single became the year's biggest song on the Billboard Hot 100, spending six weeks atop the chart, the follow-up "Can't Hold Us" was nearly as inescapable, logging five weeks at No. 1 and making the pair the first duo to take its first two singles to No. 1 in the chart's 55-year history.
Another top 20 hit, "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert, was a poignant gays-right anthem that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed in front of a national audience at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Fourth single "White Walls" was a live staple in a year of nonstop performances, including a main stage slot at Bonnaroo and boisterous set at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. "The Heist," the album that houses all of those hits, is nominated for album of the year. Altogether, the duo is up for seven GRAMMY®s this year.
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