Macklemore and Madonna Praised By GLAAD For Last Night's Grammy Awards
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.27.2014
Over thirty same sex couples were married...
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Macklemore and Madonna were both praised by GLAAD for helping 33 same-sex (and opposite sex) couples get married live on the air during their performance at the Grammys. GLAAD called it "the latest in a long line of signs that our nation not only accepts, but celebrates the love and commitment of gay couples today."
In a statement, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis (who is married to Antigone Rising's Kristen Henderson) said: "When such a critically acclaimed and popular rap artist puts marriage equality center stage at one of the biggest events of the year, it is the latest in a long line of signs that our nation not only accepts, but celebrates the love and commitment of gay couples today. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis aren't only talented musicians, but are setting the bar high for our allies around the country today."
The weddings were officiated by Queen Latifah while "Same Love" was performed by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and jazz artist Trombone Shorty. The couples exchanged rings as Madonna came out, pronounced them married and performed "Open Your Heart".
At the end of the moment, Ringo Starr was overheard saying to Paul McCartney, "Let's all renew our vows". McCartney then shook the hands of every couple that walked by.
GLAAD tweeted its support of Macklemore as well. They said: "Congrats to #LGBT allies @macklemore and@RyanLewis! #GRAMMYs."
After the show was over, Macklemore said backstage: "It's a message of quality, tolerance, compassion, to end homophobia, bigotry and hatred which has been an institution here in America. Loving who you want to love. I don't think a song like 'Same Love' would be embraced years ago. It's a testament to where we're headed in this country."
Ryan Lewis, whose sister was one of those who were married, added: "It was amazing to work with Madonna and Queen Latifah. We're grateful to be here."