Following their much-deserved win at the 2013 VMAs for “best video with social message,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis delivered a stirring performance of their hit equality anthem “Same Love” with out vocalist Mary Lambert. Then boom! Out came Jennifer Hudson, who made a surprise appearance joining the trio for the end of the song that culminated in a sing-off between the two powerful female singers.
While accepting the MTV Moonman for the “Same Love” video, Lewis acknowledged the importance of the song’s lyrics.
“I’ll be honest, I really wanted to win the Best Rap Video, but this Moonman right here stands for a lot more,” he said. “I’ve been writing songs, since I was like 15 years old and out of every single song I have ever written, this is the most important record out of all of them. 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.”