Same Love by Makclemore and Ryan Lewis won an MTV Video Music Award last night.
The music video, released in 2012 following a Washington referendum to approve gay marriage, has garnered much media attention in recent months and now has over 80 million views on YouTube.
Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson joined in on the performance last night by the three Seattle-based artists Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclay’s Center.
In an interview earlier this year, Macklemore said the song was meant to hold himself and the hip-hop community accountable for homophobia.
‘I think that looking at the hip-hop community, and holding myself accountable in the hip-hop community, was what I cared about. That’s my community; that’s who I see to be oppressing gay people…Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community and it just gets the co-sign.’
He also described how his gay uncles and their partners influenced the concept for his song and video. The cover photograph for the song features Macklemore’s uncle John Haggerty and his partner Sean.
The music video (show below) depicts the life of a gay man from his birth to death, showing how he met a lover, married his partner and shared their life.
Following the music video for Same Love is last night’s performance at the VMAs.