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Congratulations to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/26/13
Last updated on: 08/26/13
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Macklemore (right), Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert accept the award.

Congratulations to hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose marriage equality anthem "Same Love" won the MTV Music Video Award for Best Video with a Social Message at the Music Video Awards Show on August 25, 2013.

The song "Same Love" was written by Ben Haggerty (Macklemore), Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert in support of marriage equality. More specifically, it was written to support Washington state's Referendum 74, a referendum on same-sex marriage. The referendum was placed on Washington's general election ballot in November 2012 after a marriage equality bill had been passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Christine Gregoire. Voters ratified the law by a 53% to 47% margin.

Macklemore has commented that the song also was written to express his frustration with the homophobia that pervades hip hop culture. He said, "Misogyny and homophobia are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip hop culture. It's 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we're evolving and I think that hip hop has always been a representation of what's going on in the world right now."

The music video for "Same Love" was directed by Ryan Lewis and Jon Jon Augustavo and produced by Tricia Davis. It debuted on Lewis' YouTube account on Oct 2, 2012, and accumulated 350,000 views within 24 hours. It has since been viewed more than 70,000,000 times on YouTube.

The video depicts the life of a gay man and the partner with whom he falls in love, their eventual marriage, and their final parting in old age. Their wedding was filmed at All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle.

Below is the award-winning video.

The following is the performance of "Same Love" at the Video Music Awards, where Macklemore and Lewis were joined by Mary Lambert and Jennifer Hudson.

In the clip below Macklemore, Lewis, and Mary Lambert accept the award for Best Video with a Social Message at the Video Music Awards. Macklemore declares "gay rights are human rights."

In the video below, Macklemore explains why he supports same-sex marriage.

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