“Can’t Hold Us”? Well, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are holding their own on the award circuit.
After their chart-topping hit — featuring Ray Dalton — scored the Choice R&B Hip-Hop Song honor at the Teen Choice Awards two weeks earlier, it won the Best Hip-Hop song category at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (Aug. 25).
Taking the stage with his main partners on the tune at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (N.Y.), Seattle native Macklemore (nee Ben Haggerty) declared, “That we are up here with the Moon Man (the nickname for the award’s image) is insane!”
He then recounted “all these ideas” he had for visuals … “need a camel, need a dude with dreadlocks in an ice cave. And that became a music video,” directed by Lewis, who then took over the thanks with a list of specific names including Dalton’s.
While he expressed “thanks to our families, and thanks to our fans around the world,” Lewis also got in the one that likely would have landed him in hot water if he’d left it out … to his fiancee, Tricia Davis.
And the acceptance ended somewhat hastily there, clearing the way for the bestowing of more Moon Men, including the one they’d win a few minutes later (with Mary Lambert) for Social Message Video for “Same Love.”