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2014 Grammy Nominee: Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

A genuine lyricist and a captivating performer, Macklemore, with his DJ/production partner Ryan Lewis, have garnered critical acclaim, built a devoted fan base, and created some of 2013’s biggest hits. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ music is distinct for channeling cultural moments and refreshingly self-aware testimony through candid lyricism and expertly crafted composition. Their work has impressed and enthused a multitude of listeners, nowhere more evident than in the populist barometer of the internet, where some of Macklemore’s songs, videos and even fan-uploaded media have over one million listens and views. [Excerpted from Facebook page]

The duo are up for seven prizes at the 56th annual awards, with nods in three of the top four categories: album of the year (for “The Heist”), song of the year (“Same Love”) and best new artist.