Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis can't wait to perform their surprise hit "Same Love" at Sunday night's 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The musical artists had a choice of three smash hits to perform, but as MTV.com reports on August 25, they decided this song was the right choice because it symbolizes the political atmosphere for equal rights right now and gave them the opportunity to spread the message of marriage equality.
Macklemore told MTV:
"'Same Love' has turned into a song that has been embraced by the mainstream and that was played by the radio. There is a lot more people that are familiar with it now than six months ago and the timing is perfect. It's a powerful record and it needs to be heard in America right now. And equality is at the forefront of what's going on in politics right now."
The song is up for Best Video With a Social Message and a victory on Sunday night would be meaningful because not only is it the first hip-hop song to tackle the issue of homosexuality and marriage equality, it is a song that has found itself into the mainstream and most importantly, it has been embraced.
As Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for six awards, "Same Love" may indeed be their proudest award if they win because as Macklemore explains, the message is coming from a genre where homophobia is still very much present.
"It's a song that I wanted to write because I felt like it wasn't being addressed within hip-hop music. And I think that the homophobia was still very rampant within hip-hop culture."
No matter what the results are Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, "Same Love" has already delivered. The voice behind the hook of the song, Mary Lambert, has become more known, if not discovered, because of the song. She has turned the hook into a single of her own titled "She Keeps Me Warm". Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are hoping their performance "is going to be hopefully memorable."
Just within the message along, it will definitely be memorable and a moment in VMA history to look back upon.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards air live on Sunday, August 25 at 9 P.M. ET/PT.