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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Will Bring 'Same Love' to VMAs

Bruno Mars will also debut his new single at August 25th event

Macklemore of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performs in San Jose, California.
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August 16, 2013 11:40 AM ET

Rolling Stone cover stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are set to perform their hit single "Same Love" at the 2013 VMAs, MTV reports

In Concert: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fitz and the Tantrums

This will be the duo's first apperance at the Video Music Awards, but they have plenty of MTV credentials, having played both the mtvU Woodie Awards and the MTV Movie Awards this year.

"Same Love," their tribute to marriage equality, is nominated for Best Video with a Social Message, and they've also racked up nominations for their smash singles "Can't Hold Us" (Best Hip-Hop Video) and "Thrift Shop" (Video of the Year). All told, Macklemore and Lewis earned six nominations, which means they're tied with Justin Timberlake for the evening's most nods.

R&B sensation (and past RS cover star) Bruno Mars is also joining the list of VMA performers. He'll unveil his next single with its debut TV performance. The star-studded evening will also feature spots from Timberlake, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry, among others.

The 2013 VMAs will air Sunday, August 25th at 9 p.m. EST.

 

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