Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their latest album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, Friday and it features a slew of high-profile guests spots ranging from Chance the Rapper to Idris Elba to Leon Bridges. But one name isn’t in the credits: Adele.
In an interview with The New York Times, Macklemore admitted that he asked the megastar to contribute to the record but that she “graciously passed” on an opportunity to appear on “Growing Up.” Ed Sheeran ended up as the song’s featured guest.
“I’m sure that there were times that we never heard back from somebody’s manager or something like that,” Macklemore added.
Despite turning down Macklemore, Adele is no stranger to collaboration. On 2015’s chart-topping 25 she worked with artists including Bruno Mars, Danger Mouse, and Max Martin.