They’ve been working together since 2008, culminating in the release of their 2012 album The Heist, the duo have enjoyed a stellar year, bagging three MTV Video Music Awards, two American Music Awards and more, with their hit single Thrift Shop reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Now, the duo are lending their star power to the UN’s gay rights campaign.
“We’re so honoured to be working with the United Nations and Free & Equal to help spread a message of equality and respect. Ryan and I have always believed that human rights are for everyone – no exceptions,” Macklemore said.
Charles Radcliffe of the UN human rights office said: “Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are probably the biggest duo in music today. Their music is enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people but it’s also brought a human rights message to a massive new, global audience. We are thrilled to have their support for the Free & Equal campaign.”
The Free & Equal campaign aims to raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people everywhere. It launched in South Africa on 27 July 2013.