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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform Marriage Equality Anthem 'Same Love' at VMAs: VIDEO


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home the MTV Moonman for "Best Video with a Social Message" for their marriage equality anthem "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert.

They later performed the song, with an introduction by gay NBA player Jason Collins and A$AP Rocky, and special guest Jennifer Hudson.

Watch them perform the track, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I cried during this performance. Amazing how far we have progressed.

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Aug 25, 2013 11:30:48 PM

  2. Awesome performance on such a grand the very least, it makes people talk and makes people think about equality and LGBT rights, and that's the best way to create change. And awesome that Jennifer Hudson joined them, I love her!

    The performance unfortunately came directly after Justin Timberlake performed for 20 minutes and really shut the house down, though, otherwise it could have really stole the show.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Aug 25, 2013 11:31:13 PM

  3. Love Macklemore!

    Posted by: Reality | Aug 25, 2013 11:48:14 PM

  4. Such a powerful statement, all the more perfect with Jennifer Hudson up there.

    I bet thousands of LGBT kids and teens watched this performance and felt better and more confident about themselves tonight... so amazing! Thank you, Macklemore & co, for this!

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 26, 2013 12:40:37 AM

  5. Aside from Justin Timberlake, this was the highlight of last night VMA's...

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 26, 2013 1:08:56 AM

  6. Andy's a 45 year old teenager.

    Posted by: BE | Aug 26, 2013 1:48:45 AM

  7. How can Macklemore and Ryan Lewis be role models if they're closet cases?

    Posted by: Adamn | Aug 26, 2013 2:40:32 AM

  8. Spectacular! What a brilliant performance, bringing to the world's tv sets and computers and newspaper headlines a message the world so desperately needs right now. And with those voices, and faces and celebrity star power, it's all the more effective and powerful.

    Love, love, love everything that just happened.

    Posted by: Marc | Aug 26, 2013 4:40:04 AM

  9. @Adamn What a nasty and snide comment that was, not needed was it? Let me guess you're some bitter hate filled old queen that's not happy unless you're spewing bile at anyone....
    Stay pressed

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 26, 2013 6:57:12 AM

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    This video has been removed due to a breach of the Terms of Use"


    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 26, 2013 7:11:54 AM

  11. @Rob, what if they are closet cases?

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 26, 2013 7:12:43 AM

  12. I agrree, @ADAMN is being idiotic just to be idiotic. Grow up.

    Posted by: Reality | Aug 26, 2013 7:24:15 AM

  13. Okay, I still don't like rap, but I like the message.

    Posted by: 99% | Aug 26, 2013 8:47:11 AM

  14. Ah, the idiotic irony of Jason aka AdamN etc etc accusing others of being fake or closet cases. Just saying someone is in the closet, because they're an ally, doesn't make it so; it just makes you a moron. Actual closet cases don't do pro-gay pop songs, they sing/rap about banging the opposite sex, duh.

    Mackemore is great and not alone--being an outspoken ally of LGBT rights is actually very common in 2013, the only difference here is that he's got a huge platform, Bravo.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 26, 2013 9:13:35 AM

  15. MTV, you suck with your Geoblocking. Why do UK fans have to wait 24 hours to watch the show (after all the results have been reported online) when we're the second largest English speaking media market after the US (almost 3 times larger than Canada which presumably got to watch it live). You wonder why people illegally download content.

    Posted by: Jack Ford | Aug 26, 2013 10:14:45 AM

  16. I must say, I love Macklemore, but dislike this song. The opening is still predicated on stereotypes (I thought I was gay 'cause I liked to draw, but WHEW, then I realized I was good at Little League!") And the whole "I can't change" refrain is predicated on the presumption that we could/should/are expected to. Glad that a song about homophobia is getting major play, but it still feels a bit apologetic to me. Am I being too hard on it?

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 26, 2013 10:25:28 AM

  17. Robert, you're over thinking someone else's art, why, what does it matter, do you feel smarter when doing so, doesn't the fact that it's being listened to by huge numbers of people not matter to you?

    Posted by: lk | Aug 26, 2013 10:32:21 AM

  18. @Robert: The "I can't change ... " refrain comes out of Mary Lambert's personal experience growing up a lesbian in an evangelical church, where she was expected to change. Other people may not be struggling with a religious upbringing (brainwashing), but she was. And the "stereotypes" are as much about societal expectations as reality, though there's certainly reality within those stereotypes that many of us can relate to.

    People are asking an awful lot of this song--given how vapid most lyrics are these days, it's saying something that there's actually content to discuss.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 26, 2013 10:49:56 AM

  19. Robert, listen to the song again. Macklemore himself chastises his child self for buying into bogus stereotypes. That was the whole point of him bringing them up; to shoot them down and point out that they're stupid but dangerous because people start to believe them at a very young age.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 26, 2013 11:31:36 AM

  20. @ROBERT - I also think you may be over analyzing the song a bit - but I also think it's important to avoid blindly "bandwagonning" any song/meme/celebrity/etc. simply because they might veer towards being pro-gay in content.

    In the "Same Love" lyrics, Macklemore talks about the problem of stereotypes: "Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.....A preconceived idea of what it all meant for those that liked the same sex." Yes, he examines himself as being good at little league and therefor straight (though from the apparent perspective of a young kid), but reading too much into that, especially in light of the entire song, seems to be a tad myopic perhaps.

    Posted by: LMack | Aug 26, 2013 11:43:26 AM

  21. You know, a certain sailing-themed website has produced a version of Firefox that may counter-act this ridiculous geo-blocking.

    I haven't been annoyed enough to install it, but this is really getting on my nerves, so I just might.

    Remember the "world wide" web? What happened?

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 26, 2013 2:40:08 PM

  22. Jennifer Hudson *owned* that song!!! I love Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and have always enjoyed Mary Lambert's contribution to the song, but they were all overshadowed by Jennifer Hudson's voice. (And note: I've never been a Jennifer Hudson fan. Boy was I wrong!)

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 26, 2013 6:56:21 PM

  23. Hudson...she was great, but it was completely out of left field, glad she's a was just odd...good, but still odd...and the rest of the show was a hot mess....did anyone else get a really distorted audio feed for the whole JT marathon...VMA's 2013 hot mess, wtf was robin thicke Gaga, the song is ok but that performance bordered on a 30 min rehearsal and a trip to the dollar store because all the real props burned 5 mins before the show aired.

    Posted by: Epic | Aug 26, 2013 11:13:32 PM

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