There was so much happening at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards — both onstage and behind the scenes — that sometimes, it takes a few days for the subtler moments to rise to the surface. Hey, it wasn’t all twerking Teddy bears .
Case in point, this genuinely sweet interaction between multiple-VMA winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the mercurial Kanye West, which occurred backstage following West’s performance of “Blood on the Leaves” . It’s just a quick conversation between artists, but it shows that, no matter how big Mack & Lewis have gotten, they’re still fans, first and foremost.
“Thank you for raising the bar as an artist, appreciate it” Macklemore tells Kanye.
He then praised his performance, saying “You killed that sh–.”
And despite what you might think about Kanye, he was incredibly gracious, thanking Macklemore for his words, shaking hands with Lewis, and embracing “Same Love” singer Mary Lambert, who gives ‘Ye a kiss on the cheek.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would win three Moonmen at Sunday’s show, and performed their equality anthem “Same Love” on the VMA stage with an assist from special guest Jennifer Hudson onstage. Kanye, on the other hand, basically breezed in and out of Barclays, doing a somber version of “Blood,” then spending a few minutes in the artist VIP area before departing. But based on this quick interaction with Macklemore, he also found time to make some dreams come true.