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Wedding fever at the Grammys: Couples say ‘I do’ to song ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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LOS ANGELES — Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem “Same Love.”

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Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)
Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

With Queen Latifah presiding from the stage and the music playing, 33 straight and gay couples lined the aisle dressed in wedding finery. Under Latifah’s command, they exchanged rings near the end of Sunday night’s show televised on CBS.

Joining Macklemore on the song were Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty and Madonna, who wore an all-white cowboy suit and carried a cane.

Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)Macklemore performs "Same Love" on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)
Macklemore performs “Same Love” on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Performers, from left, Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah appear on stage during a performance of "Same Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)
Performers, from left, Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah appear on stage during a performance of “Same Love” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)Mary Lambert performs "Same Love" on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)
Mary Lambert performs “Same Love” on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Queen Latifah introduces a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore Ryan Lewis, with Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty and Madonna at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)
Queen Latifah introduces a performance of “Same Love” by Macklemore Ryan Lewis, with Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty and Madonna at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles,  Invision (AP)

Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)

Katy Perry caught a bouquet as the song ended and country star Keith Urban had tears in his eyes.

Grammy organizers told The New York Times that the segment follows the show’s long history of addressing timely social issues.

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