Grammys go pro-marriage equality with "Same Love": Macklemore, Madonna, and more
As America continues its patchwork march towards legalizing same-sex marriage, Grammy history was made last night (January 26) when 33 couples, both queer and straight, were wed at the 56th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took to the stage with singer Mary Lambert and jazz artist Trombone Shorty to perform the gay-equality anthem "Same Love". The duo collected four awards (and received seven nominations).
Queen Latifah, deputized by Los Angeles County, officiated the mass nupitals (which included interracial couples), and after declaring them legally married, Madonna hit the stage, dressed in a white suit and cowboy hat, singing her 1986 single "Open Your Heart".
The Material Girl, as you undoubtedly recall, made waves with a more raunchy pro–marriage equality argument back in 2003 when she smooched Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on a wedding-themed stage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Seventeen American states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. Fifteen countries, including Canada, have also legalized same-sex marriage. The first country to pass a same-sex marriage bill was the Netherlands in 2000.
Word to the mother and mother, indeed.