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For ‘Same Love,’ Mary Lambert says, ‘I was sort of a last resort’

But, "It was a match made in heaven," she says of the Grammy-nominated song produced by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Monday, January 20, 2014
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis at the MTV Video Music Awards at on Aug.  25, 2013. “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same sex anthem featuring Mary Lambert, is nominated for song of the year at the Jan. 26, 2014 Grammy Awards.

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Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis at the MTV Video Music Awards at on Aug. 25, 2013. “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same sex anthem featuring Mary Lambert, is nominated for song of the year at the Jan. 26, 2014 Grammy Awards.

NEW YORK — In just six hours, Mary Lambert’s life changed drastically.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had written and produced a song called “Same Love,” but they needed a special hook to finalize the emotional track. Like the rap duo, Lambert is from Seattle, though she had never met them before.

“I was sort of a last resort,” said Lambert. “It was a match made in heaven.”

Lambert was given “about two or three hours” to write the song’s chorus and then record it the same night in front of the breakthrough newcomers, who were instantly impressed by the soft singer.

“They loved it. It was like this beautiful minute of silence after I sung the chorus,” she recalled.

Others love it, too — including members of the Recording Academy. “Same Love” is nominated for the coveted song of the year at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, pitting the rap song supporting gay love and acceptance against No. 1 smashes from Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Pink.

“Same Love” didn’t top the charts — it peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 — but it sold 2 million copies and helped propel Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to even greater heights. The duo is nominated for seven awards, including best new artist and album of the year for “The Heist.”

“We’d probably all agree that the nomination for song of the year for ‘Same Love’ in particular is quite meaningful for us, in what the song has turned out to be and (what it) means to people,” said Zach Quillen, manager for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

“We regard it as our highest accomplishment,” he said.

The Grammys also will celebrate another song about gay pride Sunday with Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” which she wrote to encourage her friend to come out of the closet. It’s nominated for best pop solo performance and appears on her third album, “The Blessed Unrest,” which is up for album of the year.

Keith Caulfield, Billboard’s associate director of charts, said “Brave” could be getting a boost because of its Grammy nominations.

“It does seem like something happened since the Grammy nominations came out in early December. You can probably tie the two together,” he said of “Brave,” which reached its peak at No. 26 last week.

Lambert, who is openly gay, said having her first mainstream song be about a topic that’s close to home and nominated for a top Grammy at the same time is a blessing.

She said it also has encouraged her to be honest in her own music. She released an EP, “Welcome to the Age of My Body,” in December and it features a spinoff of “Same Love” called “She Keeps Me Warm” — a refrain from the original track.

Lambert signed to Capitol Records and will release a full-length album this year. She plans to sing about topics from female empowerment, fat shaming and domestic violence.

“I think people are figuring out there’s no formula anymore. The things that used to work for record companies don’t necessarily work,” she said.

The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Jan. 26.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. it is one song that brings me to tears whenever I hear it

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:26am
  2. try watching the vid lol

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:23am
  3. yep...just more tears.lol

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:38am
  4. After having watched the vid, I really do start tearing up listening to the song.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:00am
  5. AnaThaísa Luz

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:30am
  6. I heard that song as soon as it was published. Never thought I would like a rap song so much.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:33am
  7. I sooo love this song!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:33am
  8. This song is amazing.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:36am
  9. the song was both good & made me cry. i couldn’t hold the tears in anymore. i don’t cry easily not even w/ songs but this song made it happen.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:41am
  10. Lamberts always standout and deserve to hold the “Grammy”…that song is the best substantive song out of all songs on the Grammy rooster for 2014. I will be cheering for everyone!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:41am
  11. Great song! I hope they win a Grammy Award!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:45am
  12. Love that song :)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:50am
  13. This is great !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:50am
  14. But she rocks that shit

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:51am
  15. Great song!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:07am
  16. c’mon! Guy, Girls, Bi, Gays, Les, Queers and Trans LOVE IT!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:17am
  17. It’s became my new favorite song as soon as I saw the music video. Gripping.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:18am
  18. love that song, makes me think that there are good people in this world that are fighting for equality for those who remain voiceless and to make this world a better place for future generations.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:22am
  19. First time I heard when my partner and I was going to a Rally the day SCOTUS declared DOMA dead.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:24am
  20. love this song

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:48am
  21. The best song ever written !!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:49am
  22. Beautiful. I, as well as my husband, John, become teary-eyed when when we hear it. It definitely tells, as the song’s video shows, a story that carries great emotion.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:12am