2013 VMAs: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform “Same Love” with Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert

Forgive me, but I don’t really keep up with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and the girl that’s not Adele, who I discovered last night is named Mary Lambert. I knew of this song and its message, so salute to him on that. But yeah, this was just okay.

Before he took the stage, Macklemore told MTV about his VMA performance, “The performance is going to be…hopefully memorable. Hopefully we will be in the present moment, we will capture some magic on stage that will be transmitted to the televisions of the world.”

I will have forgotten this performance by the time this post is published. Not that it wasn’t “good,” but “memorable” is a totally different story.

I do appreciate Jennifer Hudson being invited to participate in the performance, though. Considering all of that comically bad appropriation of Black culture going on last night, it was nice to see a splash of color on the stage — particularly the splash that can actually sing. R&B acts got zero love last night out of this, so if nothing else, I’m grateful at least one soulful woman made her way on stage.

But again, I won’t remember this performance. Better luck next time, Macklemore. Based on you winning a rap award over Drake and Kendrick Lamar (Iyanla, Fix Hip Hop’s Life), it looks like you’ll have plenty more opportunities.


  • palooka3

    I thought this was one of the most memorable of the evening since the group actually performed live and did not lip-synch. The song was done in such a way that it was easy to understand the lyrics and the message. Was it the lack of skin, dancers, lasers or other gimmicks that made you feel that this performance was not memorable? Great performances aren’t always about the spectacle and if it is, it is just to cover up the inadequacies of the song or performer. Think about what made the other songs memorable and I will bet most of the time it will not have anything to do with the song or singing.

  • Melle

    ‘Comically bad appropriation of black culture’ Since when are you an expert on black culture? I saw nothing on the VMA awards that I considered black culture, unless you assume Miley’s performance was “black culture”, but it was far from it.

  • Ana

    One last thing, a heavy set white woman automatically made you compare Mary Lambert to Adele. Seriously? She was not trying to be Adele.