Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Score MTV VMA Nom With ’Same Love’
The Seattle-based rapper/producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards, including one for their song about marriage equality, called "Same Love."
"Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, is nominated for the VMA’s "Best Video With a Social Message." Though the song was officially released a year ago, it’s only recently gained national success and is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 11. It has also gone platinum.
The heart wrenching song was written in support of legalizing same-sex marriage, especially in Washington state, where Macklemroe & Ryan Lewis are from. Macklemore has often spoken out for LGBT rights and condemned anti-gay language often used in rap, saying, "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."
MTV’s VMA’s nominations were announced Wednesday, and both Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake received six nods, the most out of the other artists nominated.
In November 2012, the rapper talked to the Associated Press about the song and how it’s helped shaped views on LGBT rights.
"To hear people’s testimonials about ’Same Love’ changing the way that they feel about gay people or the language that they use in their everyday life, making them consider changing that language, or changing their hateful perspective on another group of people, it’s exciting to see that music has that capability," he said. "It just affirms what you already believe, but to see it on a tangible level in these cities has been one of the greatest gifts of my career."
Macklemore later added he hopes "we’re part of the transformation" and that he doesn’t think "Same Love" would be as well received five years ago.