Last night was a big night for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis! Not only did the rapper/producer pair take home their first VMAs—well, first three Moonmen—but they also got to speak openly about something they are passionate about.
“Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation” Macklemore said accepting the Best Video With a Message award for Same Love.
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis wrote and produced Same Love as advocates of gay rights, and the 30-year-old rapper spoke about how important that Moonman was to him—although we’re sure he was happy with his other two, for Best Cinematography and Best Hip Hop Video.
Later during the award show, openly gay NBA star Jason Collins introduced the duo, before they performed the iconic song with Jennifer Hudson.
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“Hating someone for their sexual orientation is the same as them for the color of their skin,” the NBA free agent said, and received a hearty applause from the audience.
The Thrfit Shop rapper said that he believes that America is “on the forefront of equality” and expressed how the popularity and mainstream success shows how passionate and accepting people really are.
“The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in,” Jason said.