Hip-hop stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the 2013 American Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album for “The Heist” and appeared live via satellite from Miami, Fla. to accept their award. Macklemore had a serious message to impart with his acceptance speech:
Thank you to the AMAs. It has been an absolutely incredible year, I feel extremely blessed to be accepting an award at the AMAs. And now that I”m sitting here in front of millions of people, I’d like to address something extremely important to me.
I was talking to my friend … before the show and he reminded me of a great Martin Luther King quote — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” And 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 that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it.
This is really happening. Our friends, our neighbors, our peers our fans and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.
This is not the first time Macklemore has used his platform at an awards show to give a speech like this. At the 2013 VMAs, he remarked that “Gay rights at human rights. There is no separation.”