Coming off of a major successful year with their runaway hit hip-hop single “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards stage to give an emotional performance of their pro-gay rights anthem “Same Love.”
The Seattle rappers, who had a huge night at the VMA’s winning the “Best Hip Hop Video” for their follow-up to “Thrift Shop” single entitled “Can’t Hold Us,” also took home the VMA for “Best Video With A Social Message” for their “Same Love” music video.
The Seattle rap-duo gave an acceptance speech stating that their win stood for a lot more than their other nominations.
The hip hop duo spoke on gay rights, which they referred to as human rights, while expressing a heartfelt thanks to fans and supporters.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Check out the performance of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Mary Lambert for the song “Same Love,” which had a surprise appearance by Jennifer Hudson.