Macklemore, whose plain-spoken advocacy of homosexual and racial equality is musically noted, took the opportunity to address some politics in his and Ryan Lewis’ American Music Awards acceptance speech.
Née Ben Haggerty, the Seattle rapper accepted the award for favorite Rap/Hip-hop album, then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. before making his statement during a live satellite feed from the group’s latest tour stop.
Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it. This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.
The Heist, which is the parent album to hit single “Same Love,” is an unexpected success and made Macklemore and Lewis top nominees at the AMAs (six). Check out the speech in the video below. Let us know your thoughts.