Macklemore kills it with gay marriage anthem in Australia despite backlash

Macklemore played at the NRL grand final this weekend in Australia, and despite complaints played his ‘Same Love’ same-sex marriage anthem.

The crowd were clearly overjoyed by the performance by Macklemore and Mary Lambert at the Australian National Rugby League final.

The rapper, as well as performing the song, made a plea for equality at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 01: Macklemore performs prior to the 2017 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

“This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are human beings that should have the exact same rights as everybody else,” he told the crowds.

He also changed the lyrics to Same Love to “the country” being united by love.

“Performing Same Love in Australia is not about being political,” Lambert told the Advocate on Thursday.

“It’s about being human.”

Watch the performance below:

As Australia votes on equal marriage, controversy erupted over plans for rapper Macklemore’s setlist to perform at the country’s National Rugby League Grand Final.

The song reached number one in Australia despite calls for a homophobic song to be performed for “balance”.

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