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Macklemore performing in Toronto during The Heist Tour on November 28, 2012
Background information
Birth name Ben Haggerty
Also known as Professor Macklemore
Born June 19, 1983 (1983-06-19) (age 37)
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter musician
Years active 1999–present
Labels Macklemore
Associated acts Ryan Lewis, Scientific Shaman, Blue Scholars, Debaser, Wanz, Eighty4 Fly

Ben Haggerty (born June 19, 1983 in Seattle, Washington), known by his stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper, musician, and singer-songwriter.

The music video for his song "Thrift Shop" has been viewed more than 1 billion times on YouTube. It also reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. He said he was influenced by Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone, Living Legends, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, and Talib Kweli during his earlier years.

Macklemore is in support of gay rights, including same-sex marriage, and sang about it in the song "Same Love" which he also sings against homophobia in mass media, hip hop, and society.

Macklemore was nominated for seven Grammy Awards at the 2014 Grammys. Macklemore and Lewis won Best New Artist, Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance ("Thrift Shop").

Early life

He was taught at Garfield High School and then Nathen Hale High School. His parents are namend Bill Haggerty and Julie Haggerty. He has one brother named Tim Haggerty. Tim Haggerty sings on few of Macklemore's songs like: "And We Danced" and "American".


In 2005 Macklemore released his first album, The Language of My World. In 2006 he met Ryan Lewis. They released an album together, The Heist. On January 26, 2014, Macklemore performed "Same Love" at the Grammy Awards.

Personal life

Macklemore became engaged to Tricia Davis on January 21, 2013.

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