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Equality Anthems Face Off for Grammy Awards

Post submitted by Matt Aycock, HRC Development Assistant

If 2013 was truly the year that equality became the new mainstream, then two of this year’s leading Grammy nominees provided the perfect soundtrack.

Two prominent supporters of LGBT equality, Sara Bareilles and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, stand out among the nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday. The singer-songwriter and the hip-hop duo will square off for pop music’s highest honor –– the coveted Album of the Year Grammy –– for The Blessed Unrest and The Heist, respectively.

Bareilles is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance for her single “Brave.” She co-wrote the coming out anthem with fellow HRC supporter Jack Antonoff. Bareilles recently joined HRC’s Equality Rocks campaign, a public awareness initiative featuring musicians who support marriage equality.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also nominated for Song of the Year for “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert, who is openly lesbian. The song made history when it became the first Top 40 hit to theme around same-sex marriage. “Same Love” will compete with “Just Give Me a Reason” performed by HRC’s 2010 Ally for Equality Pink. If “Same Love” wins the Song of the Year Grammy, it will be the first rap song to ever do so.

This year’s Grammy nominees reflect the growing trend of LGBT themes and representation in pop music. Last year, outspoken advocates fun and bisexual singer Frank Ocean each won two Grammys.

Who do you think will take home Grammy gold? Will “Same Love” become the first rap song to ever be named Song of the Year? Tune in to CBS on Sunday at 8pm to find out.

Watch Sara Bareilles’ Equality Rocks video below.

 

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