John M. Becker

WATCH: 33 Couples Wed at Grammys to 'Same Love'

Filed By John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, marriage equality, Mary Lambert, mass wedding, moving, Queen Latifah, Same Love, same-sex marriage, tear-jerker

same-love-grammys1.pngLast night onstage at the Grammy Awards, Queen Latifah married 33 couples -- of all ages, races, and sexual orientations -- during a performance of Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert's marriage equality anthem "Same Love."

When we say music has the power to bring people together at the Grammys, we mean it," Latifah said. "This song is a love song not for some of us, but for all of us."

Towards the end of the song, following the lyric "Strip away the fear, underneath it's all the same love -- about time that we raised up," Latifah re-emerged from behind an arch.

"We are gathered here to celebrate love and harmony in every key, in every color," she said. She then asked the couples to exchange rings "to signal their commitment to one another, and to a life shared together with the music of love."

Latifah, who was recently deputized by Los Angeles County to perform the legal weddings, became visibly moved when she asked the couples to each declare that they take each other as spouses. Choking up, she took a brief moment to compose herself before pronouncing them all married couples.

Then as the couples embraced, Madonna emerged, dressed in white, to sing her classic song "Open Your Heart." A gospel choir, the other performers onstage, the couples, and the audience joined in.

As the couples exited the auditorium, the cameras panned the crowd. The room was on its feet cheering with joy, and many in the audience, including celebrities like Keith Urban, wiped away tears.

It really was a beautiful moment. Videos are after the jump. Watch and share before they're taken down!


[HD] Macklemore & Lewis ft. Mary Lambert - Same... by IdolxMuzic

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