Mass wedding at the Grammys As The New York Times revealed earlier in the day, a mass wedding took place tonight during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's performance at the 56th Grammy Awards! As the hip hop duo perform their Grammy-nominated marriage equality anthem, "Same Love," 33 couples of various ages, races, and sexual orientations joined the pair and exchanged vows. And as you'd expect at a star-studded event, a few other celebrities joined in on the fun: Queen Latifah officiated, and Madonna joined the performance. Before the event, Lewis told The New York Times 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 idea arose after Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich learned from his daughter that couples often propose onstage during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concerts. So when the producer met with the musicians to discuss their performance, they decided to celebrate all kinds of love with a mass wedding. A casting agency then began searching for the real-life couples who would join in on this one-in-a-lifetime experience. At the time, the couples just knew that the wedding would occur on live television; they learned a few weeks ago that it'd be on music's biggest night of the year.
As expected, it was an emotional performance; at Saturday's rehearsal, "hardened entertainment executives and crew members teared up" as the couples walked down the aisle holding hands, according to The New York Times.
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By Kristen Klein