Macklemore’s Grammy performance of “Same Love,” which became this year’s anthem for marriage equality, was already sounding pretty fabulous: hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with guest appearance by Madonna and Mary Lambert, but now it has really turned into an amazing event!
Queen Latifah, who is a registered clergyperson, will officiate at the on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. Ryan Lewis said that this
will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.
Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys, told the New York Times
that the wedding segment is no stunt. “We don’t need to stoop to the level of trying to find gimmicks and sensationalistic approaches to what we do,” Mr. Portnow said.
Of course they’ve insured that the Grammys may not be aired in Russia!
The couples were found via a casting agency and only told that the event would be on live television. They all signed confidentiality agreements. During the service the couples will stand by the stage rather than on the stage, and the ceremony will be brief but heartfelt. Also in the mass wedding, Lewis’ sister Laura and her fiance Alex. Lewis said:
“A night that is already tremendous for me, for the music, but to have my sister get married and my family there watching it — that makes it a whole other level of amazing.”
The group is nominated for a total of seven Grammys, including song of the year for “Same Love.” The Grammys air tonight, Sunday January 26 at 8pm on both coasts.