Seattle-based duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beat out the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and more to win the VMA for “Best Hip Hop Video” at today’s (August 25) MTV Video Music Awards. The pair secured the award for “Best Hip Hop Video” thanks to their “Can’t Hold Us” music video, which was shot on six different continents.
Other artists nominated for the “Best Hip Hop Video” category included A$AP Rocky (“Fuckin’ Problems”), Drake (“Started From The Bottom”), J. Cole (“Power Trip”), and Kendrick Lamar (“Swimming Pools”).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Best Hip Hop Video” win serves as the first time the “Thrift Shop” crafters have won a VMA.
Released following the frenzy surrounding Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ runaway hit “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us” is also featured on the duo’s debut album, The Heist. Released on October 9, 2012, The Heist features guest appearances from TDE emcee’s Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q, Mary Lambert, and more.
In addition to “Best Hip Hop Video,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also won the VMA for “Best Video With A Social Message” with their “Same Love” video. During his acceptance speech, Macklemore went on to state that the win “stands for a lot more” than other nominations and proclaimed that “gay rights are human rights.”
“I’m gonna be honest, I really wanted to win the Best Rap Video, but this moon man here stands for a lot more…This is the most important record out of all of ’em,” said Macklemore.
The 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards takes place on August 25 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.