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 prime minister Tony Abbott and conservative commentators unhappy about him performing the marriage equality anthem Same Love at Sunday'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.
NRL fans took to social media to praise the musician for not backing down and bowing to critics.
2GB broadcaster Ben Fordham wrote: "@macklemore was great and I hope the precious snowflakes who wanted him censored survived those sweet tunes".
Here's my bit of free speech - @macklemore was great and I hope the precious snowflakes who wanted him censored survived those sweet tunes 🌈— BenFordham (@BenFordham) October 1, 2017
While others used to social media platform to poke fun at the naysayers while heaping praise on the rapper.
Macklemore's song was so moving. First time I've cried in response to an artist I'd never heard of a week ago. #marriagequality— richard glover (@rgloveroz) October 1, 2017
Only a couple of hours until Macklemore turns us all gay. #NRLGF— Craig Harvey (@Craig_Harvey) October 1, 2017
The controvery has seen Same Love shoot to the top of the Australian singles charts once agian, leading Macklemore to announce he would be donating money from the sales of the song to Australia's marrage equality campaign.