West Coast Hip-Hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won “Rap Album Of The Year” at the American Music Awards last night. Macklemore decided to use their acceptance speech as an opportunity to express their feelings about racial profiling in America.
During his speech, Macklemore quoted Martin Luther King Jr., as well as paying tribute to teenager Trayvon Martin.
“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 each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it,” he said. “This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.” Florida became a focal point after Martin’s killer was freed under the state’s stand your ground law. It was the first win of the night for Macklemore and Lewis, whose album “The Heist” has been an unexpected hit and made them the AMA’s top nominees with six. (NBC Bay Area)
Check out the acceptance speech from the AMAs last night below: