The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will go down as a historic and memorable moment. During the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performance of “Same Love”, 33 different couples – same-sex, heterosexual, and interracial-were married during the live broadcast. According to Philly.com on Jan. 27, Queen Latifah the person who officiated the mass wedding, said it was special for her to marry the couples.
The epic event also involved gay icon Madonna performing her hit “Open Your Heart” before finishing the wedding singing the hook to “Same Love” along with Mary Lambert. As same-sex marriage became legal in the state of California due to the historic Supreme rulings back in June that struck down both DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 law, it was a beautiful celebration of gay and straight couples standing side by side all recognized equally in their joining of marriage.
The 43-year-old Latifah felt the beauty of the moment and told reporters after the event:
“I look forward to the day when presiding over a historic wedding ceremony like this is just the norm. To me, it was special to all the couples we married today and I look forward to dashing off to go sign their marriage certificates. It’s awesome.”
The mass wedding was just planned in two weeks and Queen Latifah explained that she had to get sworn in “as a commissioner”. So the marriages are definitely legal but Latifah’s commissioner status only lasted for the day.
Although she was excited about performing a live wedding, she admitted it is not something she would do herself. But it was a night she, the newly married couples and millions of viewers will never forget.
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