Queen Latifah Gay Rumors Emerge: Will Officiate 34 Same-Sex & Straight Couples’ Weddings During 2014 Grammy
The Grammys stage was full of love tonight!
Dozens of couples tied the knot during tonight’s live broadcast against the backdrop of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s hit nominated song, “Same Love,” featuring vocals from Mary Lambert. Pop legend Madonna also made a special appearance.
Queen Latifah officiated the on-stage marriages of 34 couples from all walks of life—some gay, some straight, some young, and some old.
The couples, many fighting back tears, lined up on stage and joined hands.
“It is my distinct honor to now ask our participants to exchange rings,” Queen Latifah said. “Do you each declare that you take each other as spouses?”
And right after she shouted, “I now pronounce you a married couple,” none other than Madonna emerged and sang the newlyweds a special verse.
The public wedding “will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing,” said Lewis before the show.
“Same Love,” the fourth single from the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s 2012 studio album The Heist, has become an anthem for supporters of same-sex marriage.
Legendary rock critic Robert Christgau called “Same Love” the “best gay marriage song to date in any genre,” and XXL’s Adam Fleischer raved,
“Lewis provides bright and uplifting instrumentation to perfectly reflect Macklemore’s forward-thinking analysis of hip-hop and society’s take on homosexuality and same sex marriage.”
The couples marrying on stage tonight had to sign strict confidentiality agreements beforehand, and couldn’t even tell their families anything about the details of the wedding ceremony, according to the New York Times.
Lewis’s sister Laura and her fiancé Alex were among the couples tying the knot.
“To have my sister get married and my family there watching it,” he said, “that makes it a whole other level of amazing.”