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Macklemore Rocks the VMAs (Of Course)

Posted on: September 13, 2013

VMAs 2013

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert rocked the VMAs.
Image: MTV

You can count on Macklemore to tell it like it is when it comes to equality.  He and Ryan Lewis recently attended the MTV Video Music Award ceremony.  After a year of astronomical success, they skyrocketed to the top with songs like “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love.”

The duo was up for six awards, a tie with Justin Timberlake for the most.  They included awards for Video of the Year for “Thrift Shop;” Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography for “Can’t Hold Us;” and Best Video with a Social Message for “Same Love.” They won for Best Video with a Social Message, Best Rap Video, and Best Cinematography.

Macklemore, Lewis and Mary Lambert performed their song “Same Love” after being introduced by A$AP.  After a beautiful rendition, the crowd was on its feet cheering and clapping.  Also, in what proved to be a surprise ending, Jennifer Hudson took the stage and finished the song with Lambert face to face.

Though it was recorded and released in 2012, “Same Love” has had a resurgence of sales and radio play after the release of Macklemore and Lewis’s newest album,“The Heist.”  The duo has become more popular, which has also led to more exposure in the market.

For those who do not know about it, “Same Love” was a song made when Washington State was deciding whether to legalize gay marriage.  It was Macklemore’s and Lewis’s way of saying they supported the referendum to legalize same-sex marriage.

Macklemore said, “I really wanted to win the Best Rap Video, but this Moonman right here stands for so much more,” during his acceptance speech.  “Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation,” he continued.

Overall the night was a success.  Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out earlier this year was there to speak.  Also introduced by A$AP, he said, “The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in.”

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