Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have won the Best Video with a Social Message award at the MTV Video Music Awards for “Same Love”, a music video produced in support of marriage equality. Featuring Mary Lambert, the video calls out other hip-hop artists for using gay slurs and religious leaders for refusing to support marriage equality. Macklemore told The New York Times he composed the song in March 2012 after reading an article about a bullied gay teenager who committed suicide. As a straight man, he said he also wanted to show his support for his two gay uncles and his gay godfather. “I just wanted to hold myself accountable and hold hip-hop accountable and bring up an issue that was being pushed under the rug,” Macklemore said.
Cast were Jairemie Alexander, William Pontius, Shelton Harris, Sarita Valdez, Jay Sommerville, Thomas Collins, Tina Tsiakalis, Kendall Kapsner, Rosie Cole, Rory King, Josue Gonzalez, Mia Clapp Perfetti, Mary Lambert, Robert Braxton, Jaida Kimmerer and Brooklyn Thornton.