The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards had its memorable moments. The performances by Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake will be talked about, but the moment that produced the loudest message was when "Same Love", the gay rights anthem by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, took home the award for "Best Video with a Social Message". As reported by MSNBC on August 26, Macklemore sent an even louder message with his acceptance speech and later with his performance of the song.
Joined by Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert who sings the hook for "Same Love", Macklemore expressed the importance of the song and how important it was for the message of equal rights to be relayed and embraced by listeners and fans.
"To watch this song in the last year spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right now in America on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation."
Later in the show, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were introduced by NBA player Jason Collins, who was the first active athlete in one of the major sports to come out. Collins was joined by hip hop artist A$AP Rocky as Collins emphasized "change" and "standing up for what you believe in."
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis then hit the stage with Mary Lambert to sing the song that represents gay rights, marriage equality and the freedom of being who you are. And then, in a moment symbolizing unity and support, R&B singer Jennifer Hudson joined them on stage, lending her powerful voice to the hook. It was a great night at the MTV Video Music Awards for Macklemore and gay rights. It was also a vision of inclusion as equality was applauded.