Macklemore ‘Welled Up’ As He And Ryan Lewis Raised The Flag For ‘Same Love’ At VMAs

Rapper Macklemore and his music partner Ryan Lewis took home the award for Best Video with a Social Message, as well as Best Rap Video and Best Cinematography at the VMA’s on Sunday night.

For Macklemore, taking home the Moonman trophy for Best Music Video with a Social Message was a special moment that he won’t forget for a long time to come.

Talking to reporters backstage at the Barclays Centre, the awards “hit my heart.” He continued: “This is much bigger than just the music.”

Ryan Lewis added that coordinating the evening’s performance of their gay rights anthem ‘Same Love’ with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and singer Mary Lambert was a magic combination.

“I think [Jennifer] and Mary worked really well together,” he said.

The hip-hop duo were joined onstage by Mary Lambert, who holds down the song’s chorus duties, and surprise guest Jennifer Hudson, who helped trill the track home.

Before that, openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins and the Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky had joined up to give a spoken introduction to what’s quickly become an equality anthem.

When asked about how the idea to bring Jennifer Hudson on board came about, Ryan said: “We thought, who would be a great person to collaborate with? Jennifer Hudson has, hands down, one of the best, amazing live voices.”

The performance capped a huge evening for the duo, who were nominated for six awards and walked away with three. Besides the win for ‘Same Love’, their hit ‘Can’t Hold Us’ won best Rap Video and Best Cinematography.