'Equality for all' - Macklemore's final message to Australia during NRL grand final performance




Despite the controversial lead-up to Macklemore's performance at the NRL grand final, it finished with one simple message: equality for all.

The US rapper found himself at the centre of Australia's gay marriage debate after backlash from  former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and conservative commentators unhappy about him performing the marriage equality anthem Same Love at yesterday's season decider in Sydney.

To a screaming crowd at ANZ Stadium, Macklemore finished Same Love with a simple sentence before moving onto his next song.

"Equality for all," he said.

Ahead of his controversial performance tonight at the NRL Grand Final, where he's pledged to donate proceedings to the Yes campaign for same-sex marriage.

Macklemore says his music is not intended to divide but rather create conversation and debate.

"I haven't figured it out yet but I ... want to donate my portion of the proceeds from Same Love that I get off of that record here in Australia to voting yes," Macklemore told 9NEWS.

"I need to figure out what that looks like and how to do that but that is something that I'm going to do."

Equality campaign co-leader Alex Greenwich said the financial support arrives at the critical halfway point in the debate.

"Macklemore's support and indeed his Same Love song continues to inspire and energise our campaign and we thank him for this generous support," he told AAP.

In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, Macklemore performs at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. U.S. rapper Macklemore is wading into Australia's gay-marriage debate by vowing to sing his marriage equality anthem "Same Love" during a weekend football grand final. (John Salangsang/Invision via AP, File)

Macklemore performs at the September 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

Source: Associated Press

Australians were growing increasingly frustrated and tired of the negativity coming from the No campaign, Mr Greenwich added.

"I think we need more love songs, not less," he said.

"Same Love is a song which is about love and happiness and I think that's what Australians want to hear."

Over 17,000 people have signed a petition to take "LGBTIQ politics out of the NRL".  

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