LOS ANGELES - Though the rap committee at the Grammys almost ousted Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from its categories, the breakthrough act won three rap Grammys on Sunday.
The duo's debut, "The Heist," won best rap album, beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake. Their hit song "Thrift Shop" won best rap song and rap/sung performance.
Macklemore & Lewis are also nominated for album and song of the year. A source told the Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee.
Justin Timberlake won two awards, including best R&B song. Engineer Bob Ludwig and gospel singer Tye Tribett are also double winners.
Pharrell Williams, Imagine Dragons and Daft Punk were also early winners.
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