During Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, 34 lucky couples will be able to say that Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Madonna and Queen Latifah were at their wedding!
According to the New York Times, during the rap duo’s performance of thier marriage equality anthem, “Same Love,” which will feature Madonna, 34 couples from a wide range of backgrounds (gay, straight, old, young and a variety of cultural backgrounds) will marry.
“We’re serious about this,” Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said.
And the person officiating the couples’ nuptials is Queen Latifah.
Grammys organizers said they are ready for the variety of responses this hot button issue might receive.
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them, and that’s healthy,” Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said.
Both Portnow and Ehrlich were quick to say the marriages are not a stunt.
“We don’t need to stoop to the level of trying to find gimmicks and sensationalistic approaches to what we do,” Portnow added.
Ehrlich, who came up with the idea with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis after discussing how many of their fans proposed to their loved ones onstage during their concert, wanted to take the concept even further. But, he explained that just because there are 34 couples getting married during the Grammys, doesn’t mean the show will go dramatically over its expected run time.
“It’s not going to take awhile,” Ehrlich said. “We’re still a television show.”
LL Cool J will host the 56th Grammy Awards tonight at 8/7c live on CBS.
-- Jesse Spero