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

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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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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