Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper who has greatly collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis. Their breakthrough hit was the single Thrift Shop which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013 and gained approximately 731 million Youtube views as of July 5, 2015. Their second single, Can't Hold Us also peaked at No. 1 of the Hot 100 Chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both reach the peak position. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy awards at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and won four awards including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.
Macklemore started writing lyrics at age of 14 and recorded an EP titled Open Your Eyes distributing himeself in 2000 under the name Professor Macklemore. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Evergreen State College in 2009.
Ben engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Tricia Davis in 2013. They have their first child in 2015.