PHOTOS: 33 MASS WEDDINGS OFFICIATED BY QUEEN LATIFAH AT THE GRAMMY’S 2014
The biggest Moment at the Grammy’s Award 2014 was the joining of 34 Gay and straight couples together which was officiated by Queen Latifah on stage during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of their zeitgeist-capturing same sex marriage anthem Same Love
Is Grammy’s encouraging and promoting Gay Marriages ??? Is this right thing to do on a live event ??? Lots of questions to answer.
“We are gathered here to celebrate love and harmony in every key and every color,” Queen Latifah declared before directing the couples to exchange rings while standing in the celebrity-packed audience. The actress/rapper/talk show host was recently deputized by Los Angeles County to legally conduct wedding ceremonies and will sign the marriage certificates for each couple.
The event took place on a stage set to resemble a giant chapel with stained-glass windows during a performance by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, in which they sang their hit tune “Same Love,” a song embraced by the LGBT community last year.
One of the couples who tied-the-knot was Lewis’s sister Laura and her boyfriend Alex.
“The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision/And you can be cured with some treatment and religion/Man-made rewiring of a predisposition,” Macklemore rapped. “Playing God, aw nah here we go/America the brave still fears what we don’t know/And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten/But we paraphrase a book written 3500 years ago.”– Macklemore.
Madonna later joined the matrimonial moment in an all-white suit, singing a portion of her heyday hit “Open Your Heart.”
The group wedding ceremony was met with a standing ovation by the Grammy crowd, with Keith Urban even caught teary-eyed by the roving camera.
And many viewers at home also advocated a thumbs-up with tweets such as “so beautiful & so proud of couples not afraid to marry who they want… Straight gay black white… Love is Love.”
Others, however, viewed the Grammy show-stopper as both inappropriate for a music awards show and a blatant attack on religious values.
“Why can’t the event just be about the music? So tired of political and social messages being infused into everything,” one tweeted. Others referred to it as “anti-Christian” and “propaganda,” while another weighed in: “I don’t care if they are gay or straight this is wrong. Quit shoving your leftist agenda down my throat. Enough is enough.”
But it seems that is exactly what producers and the forces behind the Grammys intended to achieve: debate, emotion and even a little anger.
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them, and that’s healthy,” Neil Portnow, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences told the press ahead of the telecast.
During the ceremony Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their song “Same Love,” which has become a touchstone in the movement to legalize gay marriage. Madonna also appeared to sing “Open Your Heart.” When it was over, many, including Keith Urban, were brought to tears.
Latifah said she was approached to perform the ceremony only a few weeks ago. “I’m not an ordained minister, I’m a commissioner,” said Latifah. “Call me Queen Commish.”
There was one lingering question we had after the song ended, though: What happened to the 34th couple that was supposed to get married as well? Did they get cold feet?
Hmmm , Do you think this was a right move to make on live tv ????
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