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08/25/2013 10:35 pm ET Updated Aug 25, 2013

Macklemore VMA Performance: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Play 'Same Love' At Barclays

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25:  Macklemore performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on Augus
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Macklemore performs onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on August 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

After having a major year with the breakout success of their hit single "Thrift Shop" and the follow-up "Can't Hold Us," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit the stage at MTV's Video Music Awards to perform their song "Same Love."

Originally released in 2012, "Same Love" saw a resurgence in popularity earlier this year with the growing fame of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The song, a cut off of the duo's album "The Heist," supports marriage equality, written in light of a Washington referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis gave an emotional performance of "Same Love" with Mary Lambert at the VMAs, after being introduced by A$AP Rocky. Jennifer Hudson made a surprise appearance, joining the trio for the end of the song.

The Seattle rappers had a big night at the VMAs, holding the title for the most nominations of the night, tied with Justin Timberlake. The duo was up six awards: Video of the Year for "Thrift Shop," Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography for "Can't Hold Us," and Best Video with a Social Message for "Same Love."

The 2013 VMAs featured some major big-name performers. In addition to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," the awards show also included performances by Kanye West, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Lady Gaga.

Live updates from the show are available below.

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