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Macklemore Surprises His Grandma For Her 100th Birthday In The Video For 'Glorious'

He treated her to cake, clothes, and a stripper.

Macklemore just released the music video for his latest hit "Glorious" — and it features a very special guest. The 34-year-old rapper surprised his grandma, Helen, in Modesto, Calif., to celebrate her 100th birthday. 

"Today, we're going to do whatever you want to do," he said in the video. "Anything you want to do." 

"Anything? Oh God, I want to do it all," she replied. 

What ensues resembles a montage from any film about teens playing hooky except way sweeter because it involves a 100-year-old woman who's so happy to be hanging out with her grandson. The pair go for a joyride together, egg a house, play arcade games, drive carts around the grocery store, and have fun trying on clothes at a thrift shop. 


Macklemore even brings Grandma Helen to that tattoo parlor with him to hold his hand as he gets her name inked permanently onto his body. He later takes her home to a surprise party, complete with a stripper dressed as a firefighter and a cake with tons of candles on it — which she sweetly blows out with the help of her guests.

The video is a sweet homage to his grandma, who shows us turning 100 can be anything but boring. 

"Grandma - nothing is more Glorious than you," Macklemore wrote in a comment on the video. "Happy 100th. Thank you for the Werthers Originals. The advice. And for being a part of something that I'll treasure forever. Love Ben."

Macklemore released "Glorious," which features singer Skylar Grey, this past June. It's set to be featured on his upcoming solo album, which doesn't have a release date just yet. The album will be his first solo LP since he released The Language of My World back in 2005. 

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