Macklemore has denied accusations of anti-Semitism after donning offensive fancy dress for a surprise Seattle gig last Friday.
The US rapper issued an apology on his website late last night, insisting that he did not intend to insult Jewish people with his “disguise” – a black suit, wig, beard and large plastic nose.
Guests had been advised to dress as their favourite music icon but fans attending the show sparked outrage when they posted photographs from the event online.
Macklemore’s outfit seemed to mock Hasidic Jewish culture, despite the “Thrift Shop” star responding to critics on Twitter: “A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.”
Not everyone was convinced by his explanation, however, with Jewish actor Seth Rogen arguing that if someone “wanted to put together an anti-Semitic Jew costume, they’d have that exact shopping list”.
Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty, then released the following statement in defence: “Family, friends and fans alike who know me well, know that I’m absolutely not the person described in certain headlines today.
“There is no worse feeling than being misunderstood, especially when people are hurt or offended.”
He continued to explain how he had “picked up a bunch of fake mustaches and beards and grabbed a left-over wig from a recent trip to Japan” to walk around “incognito”, noting that some people had thought he looked like Ringo Starr or Abraham Lincoln.
“I wasn’t attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one,” he wrote. “A ‘Jewish stereotype’ never crossed my mind. I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping be ascribed to a Jewish caricature. I am here to say that it was absolutely not my intention.
“I love human beings, love originality and happen to love a weird outfit from time to time.”
Macklemore’s controversial stage antics were praised earlier this year when he performed “Same Love” with Ryan Lewis as gay couples married live at the Grammys.
Grammy Awards 2014: Winners in pictures
Grammy Awards 2014: Winners in pictures
1/15 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The rap duo picked up Grammy Awards for New Artist, Rap Performance, Rap Song and Rap Album
2/15 Bruno Mars
Mars won Pop Vocal Album for Unorthoox Jukebox at the 2014 Grammy Awards
3/15 Daft Punk
The French dance duo won four Grammy Awards - Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Pop/Group Performance and Dance/Electronica Album
4/15 Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons won the Rock Performance accolade for "Radioactive"
5/15 Jay Z
The rapper won Grammy Awards for Rap/Sung Collaboration for 'Holy Grail' and Short-Form Music Video with Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie'
New Zealand's Lorde won Grammy Awards for Song of the Year with 'Royals' and Pop Solo Performance
7/15 Pharrell Williams
Pharell Williams wore a bizarre hat for the Grammy Awards. Here seen performing 'Blurred Lines' with Robin Thicke, he picked up four gongs including Producer of the Year
8/15 Zedd and Foxes
'Clarity' won Zedd and Foxes the Dance Recording Grammy Award
9/15 Gary Clark Jr
Clark Jr won a Grammy Award for Traditional R&B Performance with 'Please Come Home'
Rihanna won the Grammy Award for Urban Contemporary Album with Unapologetic
11/15 Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys won R&B Album at the Grammy Awards with Girl On Fire
12/15 Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osborne with Black Sabbath's Grammy Award for Hard Rock/Metal Performance with God Is Dead
13/15 Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper with her Grammy Award for Musical Theatre Album for Kinky Boots
14/15 Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend won a Grammy Award for Alternative Music Album with Modern Vampires Of The City
15/15 Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker picked up the Grammy Award for Country Solo Performance with 'Wagon Wheel'
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were named the most successful UK songwriters of 2013 with sales close to 1.6 million. The duo's 2012 album, The Heist, has achieved a gold sales certificate in the UK.