BEST: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Madonna, Queen Latifah
The Grammys is usually where artists strive to please everyone. But despite knowing full well that the issue of same sex marriage is still hotly debated across the country, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis still performed “Same Love” with pride and commitment before marrying 33 couples of both mixed and same sex. It wasn’t just a performance, it was a statement. And whether gay or straight, who wouldn’t want Madonna to sing “Open Your Heart” at their wedding?
New York Post
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — The pair made history with their performance of the hit “Same Love.” While the openly gay author of the song’s chorus, Mary Lambert, crooned the main hook, 33 real life couples — some straight, some gay — exchanged rings in a make-shift wedding. During the ceremony, guest star Madonna worked in her old hit “Open Your Heart.” As an early supporter of gay rights, she fit in seamlessly. New York Daily News
The mass of couples exchanged rings at the same time as the singer pronounced them wed while Madonna emerged to sing her classic “Open Your Heart.” The Material Girl changed into a white Ralph Lauren suit for the ground-breaking performance after wearing a dramatic black tux on the carpet.
Madonna may be controversial at times, but she proved her heart to be in the right place, as she donned a cowboy hat at this year’s Grammy Awards, to sing her hit ‘Open Your Heart’ gospel-style as the soundtrack to 33 weddings, live in the arena.
Huffington Post UK
But even if he didn’t win any actual Grammys, Lamar still won the night – his collaboration with Imagine Dragons was electrifying – the most exciting performance, and more eye-opening even than Queen Latifah plus a curiously geriatric looking Madonna dressed as Colonel Sanders presiding over a mass wedding of 33 gay and straight couples. It may have felt like a mass hallucination, but the marriages – a coda to Macklemore’s performance of gay marriage anthem Same Love – were apparently completely legitimate. Guardian
The performance, which took place near the end of the show, was one of the more sentimental sets of the evening. “This song is a love song, not for some of us, but for all of us,” Latifah said before introducing Macklemore and Lewis. From there, the rapper unveiled the gospel-infused track amid a church-inspired atmosphere.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took their tear-jerker hit “Same Love” to new heights Sunday night when they were joined on stage for a performance of the song featuring Mary Lambert, Queen Latifah and Madonna. If that powerhouse line up weren’t enough, 33 gay, straight and lesbian couples in the audience were simultaneously married under Latifah’s command. Katy Perry caught a bouquet as the newlyweds received a standing ovation, and Ketih Urban wiped a tear from his eye.
A legendary collaboration took place at the 2014 Grammy Awards, which aired live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26. Pop icon Madonna took the stage with rapper Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and featured vocalist Mary Lambert to sing the marriage-equality anthem “Same Love.”
Madonna wowed the Staples Center crowd by joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for an emotional rendition of “Same Love” that featured Queen Latifah marrying 34 couples–gay, straight, young, old–during the song.
And if this wasn’t enough to make our hearts swell, out came none other than Madonna to give the ceremony her official sanction. The Mighty M donned an all-white suit and cowboy hat, looking like heaven’s most androgynous angel, to sing a version of her classic “Open Your Heart,” arranged in the key of the traditional wedding march, while backed by a gospel choir before joining Lambert for a snippet of “Same Love.”
The show-stopping moment of the 56th annual Grammy Awards was the live nuptials of 33 couples, a mix of gay and straight, who tied the knot during a performance of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same-sex marriage anthem “Same Love.”
Queen Latifah officiated the ceremony, while Madonna joined the crowd on stage for “Same Love” and a rendition of “Open Your Heart.” The moment marked a remarkably overt political statement for the Grammycast, albeit one for a cause that has broad support throughout the entertainment industry.