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SSM: George Brandis backs Macklemore for NRL Grand Final entertainment amid Tony Abbott criticism - ABC Online

US rapper Macklemore has found a seemingly unlikely ally in the classically trained legal mind of Attorney-General George Brandis. Key points: Brandis' says Abbott's comments about rapper are "bizarre"; Macklemore says he is getting "a lot of tweets ...and more »

Malcolm Turnbull warns Tony Abbott not to 'censor' free speech over Macklemore grand final show - ABC Online

Malcolm Turnbull has warned his predecessor Tony Abbott not to "censor" free speech, as politicians clash over rapper Macklemore's visit to Australia. Key points: Mr Turnbull said "I don't think we should go around censoring playlists"; Macklemore is ...and more »

NRL Grand Final About 4000 Seats Short Of A Sellout - Huffington Post Australia

The NRL Grand final was about 4,000 seats short of a sellout, with an official crowd of 79,722 at the 83,500-capacity ANZ Stadium. It was bad luck for NRL suits desperate to fill ANZ Stadium that the 2017 decider featured two out of Sydney teams ...and more »

Macklemore Performs 'Same Love' At NRL Grand Final, And It was Glorious, And The World Didn't End - Huffington Post Australia

Macklemore played the NRL Grand Final. Macklemore was glorious at the NRL Grand Final. And the crowd absolutely loved it. Marriage equality supporters would have loved it too, especially when he sang the song "Same Love", which he'd promised to play, ...and more »

'Take that Tony Abbott!' Jesinta Campbell, Rebecca Judd and more rave about Macklemore's performance at the NRL ... - Daily Mail

Former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, was among thousands of footy fans who slammed Macklemore for choosing to perform his pro-gay marriage hit, Same Love, at the NRL grand final. And after calls for it to be dropped from his lineup, Macklemore sang the ...and more »

Macklemore's 'Same Love' Is Now #1 On The iTunes Charts After Marriage Equality Furore - Huffington Post Australia

Politicians, commentators and marriage equality opponents have been losing their collective minds at the thought of American rapper Macklemore performing his pro-diversity song 'Same Love' at the NRL grand final this weekend, but if their goal was to ...and more »

Macklemore's Same Love hits number 1 on iTunes amid NRL same-sex marriage controversy - ABC Online

Criticism from some conservatives opposed to the politics of Macklemore's Same Love has not dulled support for the hip-hop singer's pro-same-sex marriage song ahead of his performance at the NRL grand final. The track, which was written with Ryan Lewis ...and more »

The “No” Campaign Is The Real Threat To Free Speech - Junkee

Welcome to day three of The Macklemore Debacle. To get you up to speed: US rapper Macklemore is scheduled to perform four songs at the NRL Grand Final on Sunday, including his hit 'Same Love'. This has upset the No campaign, which says the NRL is ...and more »

Macklemore declares 'equality for all' after singing Same Love at NRL grand final - ABC Online

US rapper Macklemore has ended his controversial performance of pro-same-sex marriage song Same Love at the NRL grand final by saying "equality for all" as rainbow-coloured fireworks exploded behind him. After a week of controversy over his decision ...and more »

Macklemore Will Donate The Aussie Proceeds From 'Same Love' To The Marriage Equality Campaign - Junkee

Macklemore has promised to donate the Australian proceeds from his 2013 song 'Same Love' to the Yes campaign, after finding himself at the centre of this country's absurd debate around marriage equality. The American rapper, in case you missed it, ...and more »