33 Couples Marry to 'Same Love' and 'Open Your Heart'

Queen Latifah presides over Macklemore & Ryan Lewis anthem

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 26, 2014 7:48 PM CST

(Newser) – In the Grammys' highly anticipated show-stopper, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis played their marriage-equality anthem "Same Love"—as 33 gay and straight couples married in the audience. Queen Latifah presided over the weddings and Madonna made a surprise visit, singing "Open Your Heart" with backup from a swaying choir. Mary Lambert supplied extra vocals and Trombone Shorty provided a little accompaniment. Before the show, Lewis said the weddings "will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing," the New York Times reports.

Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los...   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Macklemore performs "Same Love" on stage at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Audience members participate in a same sex wedding during a performance of "Same Love" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los...   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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