BY MESFIN FEKADU
AP MUSIC WRITER
LOS ANGELES -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are cleaning house at the Grammys.
The rap duo won best new artist at the Sunday awards show as well as best rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
"Wow, we're here on the stage right now," said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then his fiance and team. "I want to say we made this album without a record label, we made it independently and we appreciate all the support."
Beyonce kicked off the Grammy Awards with steamy and smoky performance of "Drunk In Love": She started on a chair and then grinded in a revealing black outfit. Jay Z emerged in a fitted suit to rap his verse, and the couple held hands and danced together.
LL Cool J is hosting the 56th annual awards, airing live on CBS.
Macklemore & Lewis' wins, which include best rap song and rap performance for "Thrift Shop," come after the Grammy rap committee almost ousted the duo from its categories. A source told The Associated Press that the rap committee rejected the duo, but that was later overruled by the general Grammy committee. The source, who attended the general Grammy meeting, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.
Macklemore & Lewis are also nominated for album and song of the year.