HomeEntertainment newsMadonna Performs As 33 Gay & Straight Couples Wed At The Grammy’s And Katy Perry Caught The Bouquet!
Madonna Performs As 33 Gay & Straight Couples Wed At The Grammy’s And Katy Perry Caught The Bouquet!
January 28, 2014
Macklemore,Mary Lambert,Madonna,Ryan and Queen Latifah
Thirty-three gay and straight couples were married live at the Grammy Awards on the 26th of Jan 2014 in an emotionally-charged performance celebrating a year where the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down and scores of states legalized same-sex unions. Madonna, wearing a white suit and hat, performed ‘Open Your Heart’ to a standing ovation and tears from not just the brides and grooms but celebrity guests including Keith Urban.
Queen Latifah was recently deputized by Los Angeles County to legally conduct wedding ceremonies and will sign the marriage certificates for each couple. The lovers stood on platforms in the crowded venue as they exchanged rings and said ‘I do’ during the performance. Queen Latifah officiated the mass wedding during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ powerful rendition of their song ‘Same Love,’ which has become a marriage equality anthem.
Queen Latifah glowed in a sparkling evening dress as she introduced Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
‘Music has the power to bring people together at the Grammys,’ the actress and talk show host said. ‘This song is a love song not for some of us but all of us!’
Photos of the gay and straight couples as well as Katy with the bouquet after the cut…
Queen Latifah reemerged on stage, introducing the couples.
‘It is my distinct honor to ask the participants to exchange rings,’ she said.
She then acted as officiant for the lovers, who stood on platforms away from the stage in an array of formal and casual wedding attire.
For Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose ‘Same Love’ was up for song of the year, the event took on a personal note with the participation of Lewis’s sister Laura, who married her boyfriend during the ceremony.
‘A night that is already tremendous for me, for the music,’ the Times quoted him as saying, ‘but to have my sister get married and my family there watching it — that makes it a whole other level of amazing.’
Lewis also said that the weddings ‘will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.’