Madonna Performs As 33 Gay & Straight Couples Wed At The Grammy’s And Katy Perry Caught The Bouquet!

The performers also embraced Queen Latifah onstage during the performance, who acted as officiant
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…

Couples teared up during the mass wedding on Sunday night

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.
One of the couples at the ceremony were caught beaming as newlyweds

An intimate moment was captured from one bride during the Grammy's mass wedding portion
One happy couple wore what appear to be matching sunglasses for the big day
Passionate kisses were also part of the wedding festivitiesAs were loving embraces
Katy Perry caught the bouquet during Sunday's ceremony, expressing her support for the newlyweds

The stage was made to resemble a chapel with beautiful stained glass windows
Snap happy: Anna Kendrick sneaked over with her smartphone in hand so she could take a candid shot of a couple having a dance

Celebrity fans of the performance included Ellen DeGeneres who tweeted, '#SameLove was incredible. Love to @Macklemore, @RyanLewis, @MaryLambertSing @Madonna & @IAmQueenLatifah for a beautiful performance #GRAMMYs'
Neil Patrick Harris wrote, 'My face hurts from smiling. That was one of the coolest things I've ever gotten to see. Much much love. Well done, Grammys'
The couples, gay, straight and interracial, were lined up in the venue, standing on platforms as they said their vows
Couples were beaming during the televised mass wedding

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.’
Madonna Performs As 33 Gay & Straight Couples Wed At The Grammy's And Katy Perry Caught The Bouquet!

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