I would like to take today’s blog post and comment on the recent Grammys that took place January.26, 2014.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four Grammys yesterday night including best new artist and they have earned every right to do so. These two gentlemen went a long way in their journey, and as Ryan Lewis stated in a media interview after the show, you don’t make music expecting to win a Grammy, but it is the pinnacle or apex of your work to accomplish such a feat.
That interview can be seen here:
It is really quite amazing what has been accomplished through nothing but words (takes us back to a prior blog post) and a rhythm. There have obviously been some influential artists in our lifetime; however, the reason why I outline Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis is because they are movement makers. They changed the game and managed to get a segment of the gay rights movement on national television. This is a huge step into history. During Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love”, Queen Latifah actually wedded 33 different couples along the middle lanes of the many rich and famous viewers at the show. Among these couples, there were man and wife, man and man, as well as wife and wife.
This is honestly a huge deal to have had happen in the first place, but having this happen alongside a voice of a rapper really shows you what our society is doing for it’s future. You can watch this happen here:
You can not tell me that this is not a turning point for us as humans. As Macklemore says, we all deserve the right to be human, the right to love who we want to love. It is about time we take this right since it was always ours to begin with.
There were many other great artists at the show; however, I think we can all agree this movement was definitely the biggest moment of Grammy history. This just happened. This happened on national television. This happened due to a rapper’s dream of a world that works with what they have, works with one another, and achieves an equal love for eachother. Rappers used to be deemed as great artists who could rhyme for days and paint a picture.
I would say that these two particular gentlemen have now painted a reality. One that won’t go unnoticed. Not to mention, they managed to do this all themselves without a mainstream producer. Perhaps it was that very essence of musical freedom that allowed them to perform such a stunt.
Congratulations to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and the other artists from the Grammys.
Thank you for bringing a much needed light in front of millions of people.