Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore is an American rapper. He began independently releasing music in 2000 and now collaborates with producer Ryan Lewis. He has gained a significant online fanbase. He has released one mixtape, three EPs and two albums, although none on a major record label.
His single "Thrift Shop" has been viewed on YouTube over 399 million times, and reached number 1 on the U.S.Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013, selling more than 2.2 million copies. It was the first time since 1994 that a song reached number 1 on the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label. Their second single, "Can't Hold Us" also peaked at #1 of the Hot 100 Chart, making Macklemore & Ryan Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both become a #1 single. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their debut studio album "The Heist" on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore with Val & Kara after singing his 4th encore "One Love" (without the cameras rolling). Val and Kara had just previously proposed to each other on stage before Macklemore went on.