Grammys To Feature Mass Same-Sex Wedding During Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Performance
Updated Monday at 8:30 a.m. PST
In case you missed it Sunday night on the Grammy Awards, check out the massive same-sex wedding that took place during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Same Love," with an assist from Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah, and Madonna!!
What'd you think of the memorable performance and marriages, Instincters?!
The New York Times revealed Sunday that tonight's Grammy Awards will feature a mass wedding of 34 couples--"gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors" during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance of their hit marriage equality anthem, "Same Love"!!!
And the weddings are going to be officiated by Queen Latifah?!
“We’re serious about this,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys.
Yet as part of a televised awards show that works hard for its ratings, showbiz will also play a part in this sacrament. Queen Latifah will officiate at the nuptials, and Madonna will join the number with Macklemore, Mr. Lewis and the song’s featured vocalist, Mary Lambert.
Grammy organizers said they knew that controversy might be inevitable, given those who oppose gay marriage or who might see the segment as trivializing a serious matter.
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them, and that’s healthy,” Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which presents the Grammys, said when asked about the potential response.
But he and Mr. Ehrlich argued strongly 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.
Any cynicism aside, this is inarguably a really big move by the CBS Grammy Awards telecast--one of the most watched programs of the year--and it sends a message throughout the world!
Bravo to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and their pals (we see you, Madonna!) for getting on board. We're excited to see how they pull this off!
What do you think of the decision to have a mass wedding, including same-sex couples, during the Grammys??