Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will perform live Sunday (Jan.26) night at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The performance is expected to be a memorable one and historic. Not only is Madonna performing the hook to “Same Love” along with Mary Lambert, 34 couples will be saying “I do” during the performance. As first reported by the New York Times on Jan. 26, a massive on-air wedding will take place in what will go down as a memorable Grammy moment.
The 34 couples will get to exchange their vows to “Same Love”, a song that has become the gay rights anthem and surprise hit for 2013. Queen Latifah will officiate the Grammy wedding in what is described by producer Ryan Lewis as a moment that “will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality.”
Following a historic year in gay rights, the on-air wedding will be the ultimate statement in the continual progression of marriage equality and gay rights. Grammy organizers do expect some controversy, but if it creates healthy communication then it will be worth it.
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow said in a statement:
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them, and that’s healthy. We don’t need to stoop to the level of trying to find gimmicks and sensationalistic approaches to what we do.”
As this may be seen as a gimmick, the performers involved have been very active in LGBT rights. Madonna has long been an active voice and has used her own expression in support of gay rights and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have also been active, joining the United Nations’ Free & Equal campaign for LGBT rights this past November.
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