2013 VMAs: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Bring Out Jennifer Hudson For Intimate Performance

After a breakout year, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis brought the house down with a stirring performance of “Same Love” that included surprise guest, Jennifer Hudson. The hip-hop duo, winner of the “Best Video with a Social Message,” performed their pro-gay marriage song that turned out to be an unexpected hit of the summer.

While Lady Gaga’s “Applause” went for a bit of comedy and Miley Cyrus twerked for everyone to see, Macklemore slowed things down a bit. NBA player Jason Collins, who came out earlier this year, introduced the duo – setting the tone for the segment. And even though Barclays Center seats thousands of fans, the rapper’s performance made the venue feel like a private showcase.

The best part was Jennifer Hudson and (the song’s hook singer) Mary Lambert singing the hook at the end. The two closed out the song with a display of vocals that proved how talented both singers are.

In case you missed it, watch their performance now. And keep your eye on Mary Lambert, who is sure to be a breakout star of her own in the next few years.

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