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Grammy Awards: 34 couples to marry on-air during performance of ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
Macklemore (right) & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore (right) & Ryan Lewis

LOS ANGELES — Producers for Sunday’s Grammy Awards are hoping the biggest show-stopper of the night will be the an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay and straight — during a live performance by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love.”

Nominated for Song of the Year, “Same Love” has become a marriage-equality anthem as the issue of marriage equality has drawn intense national attention.

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Lewis, the group’s producer, 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.”

The New York Times reports that the segment follows what the Grammy organizers said was the show’s long history of addressing timely social issues through music, like Elton John’s duet in 2001 with Eminem, who was then widely criticized as homophobic.

Queen Latifah will officiate at the wedding nuptials, and Madonna will join the performance with Macklemore, Lewis and the song’s featured vocalist, Mary Lambert.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are nominated for seven trophies Sunday, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

The 56th annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST.

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  1. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:55pm
  2. <3 that song, it is spot on!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:55pm
  3. i agree with you

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:23pm
  4. Brandi Morris

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:55pm
  5. Amazing! Equality for everyone!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:56pm
  6. Equality for all! (except the gay/lesbian rappers who have been saying this same shit for years, and leagues better, that don't get any recognition at all. And probably never will!)

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:49am
  7. This is wonderful. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:56pm
  8. Awesome!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:56pm
  9. I don’t think I can watch that…crying that hard will give me a migraine. ;)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:56pm
  10. that's pathetic ;-)

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  11. How is it Pathetic? Just curious....

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:55pm
  12. awww such a softie

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:19pm
  13. It's Fucking Pathetic, because, it's supposed to mean something, be sacred? Between two, and maybe their Clan? Not Ratings Televised? We all worked to hard to get here? And I'm Queer, dude.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:48pm
  14. It's pathetic that someone just says he will be really touched by this moment and might cry and gets attacked.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:22pm
  15. Craig Hames Brian Bixler Brian Equality Thomason

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:56pm
  16. Wow, that’s pretty cool!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:57pm
  17. go for it!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:58pm
  18. Queen latifa!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:58pm
  19. Davida Blackburn Nikki Thompson

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:58pm
  20. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:58pm
  21. Congratulations to the couples. I likely won’t be watching…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:59pm
  22. Chris Speer

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:59pm
  23. Go for it!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:59pm
  24. Christina Aguilera et Colin Farrell best :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:00pm
  25. Great story to end the weekend on. Congrats to all those who have found their true loves x

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:00pm
  26. THIS makes a statement.. not mass “fake” marriages

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:00pm
  27. will be watching

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:00pm
  28. Amanda Kayy Maples Brook Carrell Jessica Soare how sweet

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:01pm
  29. My fav… (same love)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:01pm
  30. I will be bawling with you Britt Saunders!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:01pm
  31. Rats! Now I have to watch the Grammys!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  32. How amazing is that!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  33. Cue the One (Million) Mom(s) in 3.. 2.. 1..

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  34. That’s amazing, though I don’t know how I feel about Madonna participating in light of her recent racist statement. Maybe that sends the wrong message? I know she’s been an LGBT supporter, but equality should be intersectional.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  35. It will be beautiful. I’m so excited.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  36. Damn right I support it

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  37. Awesome

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  38. Awesome

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:02pm
  39. Awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:03pm
  40. I can’t wait to see it. It’s such a shame that there are still issues with same sex marriage and homosexualality. Love is love. Why should it matter who you choose to give your heart to. It’s no one’s business but your own, just like being straight. Hopefully this world will continue to evolve. We have come so far.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:03pm
  41. Thank you, Traci! Well said, I've been with my partner for 33 + yrs........is anyone more "married" than that? Once again, thank you.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:25am
  42. That’s epic!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  43. Oh wow. I can already see the conservatives riling up as we speak!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  44. Zuni N Jason

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  45. are these the clean cut rappers that have been strategically rolled out to make distance between rap music and it’s homophobic history? lol. That’s ok. They should just say ‘sorry’ like civilized people and move on. But that wouldnt be very ‘gangsta’ ,would it. Excellent idea to try and show change though. Improvement, whatever the reason it happens, is always a good thing.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:05pm
  46. ¡Excelente! no me lo perderé… :D

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  47. Yeahhhhhhhhh!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:07pm
  48. What the hell? Lol However, congrats to the couples.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:07pm
  49. I’ll be crying happy tears while i watch it

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:07pm
  50. Megan Baché

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:09pm
  51. Sounds hella cheesy.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:11pm
  52. ❤️

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:12pm
  53. Cue the bigots to protest and boycott the Grammy’s.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:13pm
  54. I can’t wait to watch the Grammys tonight

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:16pm
  55. Love this.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:17pm
  56. <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:18pm
  57. YEAH

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:18pm
  58. He is sure making allot of money off this that’s for sure

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:19pm
  59. Alright, so, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY support marriage equality, but, I feel like these couples (gay, straight, lesbian) deserve like, their dream/happy/wonderful/momentous wedding ceremonies & I wish that it didn’t have to be a political statement. If this is the wedding that they want, good for them, but, a wedding is such a big day in a person’s life. You know? Like, I want all of them to be able to marry & live happily ever after, but, I want them to enjoy their weddings as well. <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:20pm
  60. i was thinking the exact same thing. its a great political statement but i dont know if id personally want to look back and say, i got married at the grammys, with latifah(sp) officiating, while macklemore performed. is that what i was fighting for? but to each their own, i hope it goes well, really do.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:38pm
  61. I think it's better than a justice of the peace wedding, on the other hand. I think being able to reflect on your wedding and say that you stood up for what was right would be an honor. The ceremony has become more important to people than the marriage. I can see what you are saying, but there's always the option of having a reception/celebration with your family and friends at a later date.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:43pm
  62. I recall a couple in Virginia being imprisoned for having the audacity to fall in love. WHY? He was white and she was black. At the time, the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court stated "god put the various races on different continents for a reason and, if it were not for the intrusion of Man, they would still be there", in upholding the 5 and 3 year prison terms given to Mr. and Mrs. Loving. That was in 1966. If the oppressed do NOT stand to be counted, ALL are affected.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:37pm
  63. I have never watched the Grammys but I sure will tonight.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:21pm
  64. Oh. My. Goodness. This is amazing!!! I’ll be sure to grab the kleenex!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:21pm
  65. #EMPRESSMADONNA

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:22pm
  66. This is the change we as a world and human race needs. This is news worthy not fucking a current pic of some celebrity trash..

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:23pm
  67. <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:23pm
  68. <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:23pm
  69. I wanna marry my hubby aw

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:27pm
  70. That’s is gonna be the moment of the 2014

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:30pm
  71. The Grammys is suppised to be about music not same sex marriages!!!Sorry when that happens changing channel.Alk for it but its all about MUSIC!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:35pm
  72. Music is and has been used as an inspiration for change throughout human history. Here's an example of that in action. Thanks for helping signal-boost the cause with your music, Macklemore.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:53pm
  73. Music is about artistic expression. Not only are the artists choosing to express their emotions through a visually moving artistic medium vis-a-vis living art, but they're doing what artists across all mediums have been doing since the dawn of art itself, which is expressing their impassioned feelings on a topical issue through their medium. If you're so passionate about the music, then you need to understand that the musicians are even more passionate about it and that they are artists. You have the right not to watch or agree, but you can't tell an artist how to do their art.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:21pm
  74. How is that not music? They wrote a song about same sex relationships and equality…I swear people will find the negative in something positive if it kills them…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:38pm
  75. Bet it’s cut from prime time TV

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:39pm
  76. Clay Brother :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:39pm
  77. How cool is that!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:41pm
  78. So, is Queen Latifah an ordained minister or a Justice of the Peace, or other official allowed to perform legal weddings? If not, these are are not true weddings and are just for show. And ratings. I won’t be watching.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:41pm
  79. You can become ordained in 24 hours online. I would imagine she did so.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:45pm
  80. Ah; I did not know that.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:43pm
  81. Yea, it's frighteningly easy to do these days :x lol

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:48pm
  82. The officiant at my wedding was ordained through the Universal Life Church (which is the online ordination Kelly Comer mentioned). It was nice to not only have a personal friend fill that role, but we didn't have to approach a member of the clergy to perform our non-religious ceremony (which would have made me feel rude, to be honest). Nothing too frightening about that, imho. haha

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:38pm
  83. Susan, that sounds like the ideal wedding.

    Replied on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:56am
  84. Not watching

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:41pm
  85. Grammys are about music

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:41pm
  86. I may be gay but I hate that fucking song. It almost seems so corny that he wrote it because he knew it would blow up for equality supporters and that means making major cash. And I like his other songs. Just that one. Bugs me

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:41pm
  87. I’m nauseous…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:44pm
  88. That seals the deal, I’m WATCHIN’.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:45pm
  89. cant wait myself....

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:24pm
  90. @Carolyn Rowley-people can easily become certified to officiate weddings online. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:46pm
  91. wish I could watch

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:53pm
  92. Congratulations to all the couples. May you all be blessed with a lifetime of health and happiness.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:55pm
  93. Hooray for Hollywood and freedom for couples to marry!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:57pm
  94. Bummed I will miss it because I well just be landing in Chicago

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:01pm
  95. Meh. I wouldn’t necessarily want such a personal and memorable day to be aired like that. Why is it that in American culture, no one “buys” anything until it’s mass-produced? “Oh, if a celebrity supports a cause on TV, I’m an asshole if I don’t.” I’m not claiming it won’t positively affect a lot of perceptions, I’m saying it’s pathetic and cheap that nothing exists in America until it can be marketed.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:05pm
  96. Publicity stunt. Not interested, sorry

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:06pm
  97. Just showing up to the Grammy's garners publicity and could be construed as a "publicity stunt". The fact that they're being given a national stage to perform and they're using that to help something bigger than themselves isn't just publicity for them but for the bigger issue of marriage equality. Not all "publicity stunts" are negative.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:23pm
  98. I'm more excited that Queen Latifah's officiating the ceremony. Other than that, the song is boring so I am am not looking any more forward to his performance than to the rest of the Grammys.

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:52pm
  99. this is going to be beautiful… my eyes are leaking just thinking about it.. Love is winning!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:07pm
  100. Adam Brown Malcolm Paull Murphy

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
  101. Danny Moreno – do you know about this?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
  102. Kelly Brown

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:18pm
  103. Publicity? Like everyone doesn’t watch anyway.. If your just looking for guys in sunglasses praising the Lord for their blessings and winning, about a song beating their bitches and hoes then this is probably something you would not get.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:20pm
  104. The Grammys have never been on my must watch list until now.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
  105. Sorry, I don’t support the Grammy Awards.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:31pm
  106. OMG OMG OMG AHHHHHHHH OMG I CON”T EVEN

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:33pm
  107. THIS could get me to tune in to the Grammy’s.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:34pm
  108. This is about the best song of 2013

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:36pm
  109. I can understand peoples feelings. . Not everyone’s cup of tea.. but I personally applaud that they are taking large step towards equality and despite all controversy I love and respect everyone participating and wish all the couples everlasting love and happiness. . Let’s quit being so critical and be more supportive. . Our world has enough problems. . Am so thrilled and excited about this.. and yes.. I am soo watching :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:37pm
  110. Can’t wait to see this!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:40pm
  111. I love it!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:50pm
  112. Schaweet!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:52pm
  113. Wow cool

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:01pm
  114. Tacky.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:02pm
  115. Wow that is awesome!!! Yay.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:05pm
  116. Great for all the couples….I hope to be ready to marry my Lady this time Next year…….

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:05pm
  117. mazal tov

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:06pm
  118. tacky, tacky, tacky, publicity stunt.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:08pm
  119. Love it

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:09pm
  120. I just watched their performance for the first time – it gave me goosebumps!! The song is not only awesome – that I knew – but to find out that Mary Lambert wrote & recorded the chorus in such little time…such incredible talent. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have put to – as well as Mary Lambert – have put to music what so many of us in America really do believe.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:12pm
  121. Just as with many minorities, exposure on television is a very good way to show the world that there is nothing to fear from the LGBT community. We are humans, just like everyone else on this planet. Good for the Grammys!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:18pm
  122. you could not have been more right Martin

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:36pm
  123. I imagine all the bigots watching will all recreate that scene from Scanners.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:30pm
  124. Song is just ok. Although a protest song, it is too narrow in its ulterior intention. Not to mention the video. Happy beautiful male gay couple getting married! Yay cliched!! They should know better… I just do not feel it embodies a strong gay claim.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:33pm
  125. Good for them and for the lgbt community !! I’ll probably cry. We all should have the same rights to marry the person we love, just like I love my husband, he is white I’m Mexican, out marriage was once illegal too.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:45pm
  126. Beautiful. Same love…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:49pm
  127. This would have me in tears. But I don’t have a television, so I will miss out. Shucks

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:06pm
  128. WOOT WOOT!!!! Cannot think of a better reason to watch than to celebrate with all of those couples…

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:09pm
  129. Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:13pm
  130. Beautiful day!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:13pm
  131. Mac and lewis are awesome. <3<3<3

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:21pm
  132. They’ve raised the bar for what a celebrity should be and how they should act like. They are helping change the world and make it a better place.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:22pm
  133. WTF!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:26pm
  134. so cool, that is a wedding none of them is likely to ever forget

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:28pm
  135. Hell ya! Marry who ya wanna

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:40pm
  136. I don’t care, It’s theirFucking; commitment! Not mine? I don’t wanna see anybody get hitched, on MY! Satellite bill! balance the budget; Feed the needy, House the Homeless, Stop Global warming, Pure drinking water, stop Killing Endangered species Medical insurance Universal and.. sanely Procured! But Don’t throw; Celebrity” insecure fucking marriages in my face!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:42pm
  137. Didn’t this already Go down? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APeMtKSFsA

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9:57pm
  138. Love the song so happy people are willing to put themselves out there for our community

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:06pm
  139. Tape if for Itzel and play it when she’s 15. She’ll think it was the dark ages I hope!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:22pm
  140. Shawn and Mike?

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:33pm
  141. cool

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:37pm
  142. ahhhh….one of those times when I wish I had TV.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:59pm
  143. Im tired of Macklemore stealing the show on this, Backstreet Boys “In A World Like This” was all about Marriage Equality, and its MUCH better.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:16pm
  144. wish we were there getting married

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:22pm
  145. Cue the Million Moms’, AFA, FOTF, et al protests in 5-4-3-2-1…….

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:28pm
  146. Too bad grandmas singing with them :-(
    Where’s that soulful voice on the song? #boo

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:59pm
  147. @Jerry Callendar-I agree that love is love. I just wish that this kinda thing wasn’t necessary. I wish that gay marriage was already legal, you know? There’s nothing wrong with being different & I wish that everyone else could realize that and accept it.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:59pm
  148. Macklemore: I love you!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:48am
  149. Right on!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  150. sounds tacky to me

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  151. That’s so eggheaded!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:29am
  152. Equality for all! (except the black and gay/lesbian rappers who have been saying this same shit for years, and leagues better, that don’t get any recognition at all.)

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:29am
  153. This still is eggheaded! Grammys are for music and their accomplishments! Not a political arena… If there was a group against gay marriage taking air time away from the Grammys… Shit would hit the fan… Defiantly won’t be watching Grammys.. I hate that a political statement is ruining an awards show… I personally can give two hoots who gets married but stop using the GRAMMYS as your forum…

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 1:57am
  154. Patricia H Wyatt just speaking from my heart. I’ve been with my husband 30 years. We have an amazing 18 year old son who is the love of our lives. He happens to be gay. So what. He just celebrated being with his boyfriend one year this December. I love them both so much. And congratulations to you and your partner. It’s not easy being with the same person that long huh. Takes a lot of work, compromise and lots and lots of love and trust

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 2:03am