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Leave Macklemore Alone: VIDEO

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Macklemore is facing criticism from some parts of the LGBT population for "Same Love" and its success, and vlogger Arielle Scarcella isn't having it.

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Neither is Dan Savage, who adds:

Damned if they do, damned if they don't—we've heard this song before.

The queers complaining about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis now remind me of the queers who used to bitch and bitch and bitch about how big beer companies didn't advertise in queer publications or sponsor pride parades. ("Queer people drink a lot of beer! They want us to support them and buy their beer but they don't want to support us and our community!") But when big beer companies began advertising in queer publications and sponsoring pride parades... the exact same queers who had been complaining about how big beer companies weren't advertising in queer publications or sponsoring pride parades immediately started bitching about how the beer companies were trying to profit off our sexuality. ("The pride parade is not for sale! We are a community, not a commodity!") Blah blah bitchy blah.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Dish with Ellen on Grammys, Relationships, Success: VIDEO

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Fresh off their four Grammy wins, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dropped by Ellen to discuss their success, relationships, and who they’re rooting for in the upcoming Super Bowl.

The duo also chatted about the mass wedding ceremony that took place during their Grammy performance of the gay rights anthem “Same Love.” Lewis’s sister and her boyfriend were one of the 34 couples who tied the knot on Sunday. 

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34 Couples Wed at the Grammys to Macklemore's Gay Rights Anthem 'Same Love': VIDEO

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Queen Latifah married 34 couples, gay and straight, during a performance by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert of their gay rights anthem "Same Love".

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The trio was joined by Madonna, who sang an adapted version of her hit "Open Your Heart" as the couples embraced and exchanged rings.

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34 Couples to Marry On-Air at the Grammys During Gay Rights Anthem 'Same Love'

Queen Latifah is set to officiate a mass gay wedding at tonight's Grammys, at a performance which will also include a special guest, the NYT reports:

Same_macklemoreBut the producers behind the program, which is to be broadcast live by CBS at 8 p.m., are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be a much more solemn event: an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.

Mr. Lewis, the group’s producer, said that the weddings “will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.”

The segment follows what the Grammy organizers said was the show’s long history of addressing timely social issues through music, like Elton John’s duet in 2001 with Eminem, who was then widely criticized as homophobic.

“We’re serious about this,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys.

The couples involved were forced to sign confidentiality agreements and not tell their families, according to the paper.


Here is What Madonna is Reportedly Going to Perform at the Grammys [SPOILERS]

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Madonna will be joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and presumably vocalist Mary Lambert (since she tweeted on Friday that rehearsals were "THE BOMB") for a performance of the gay rights anthem "Same Love" at the Grammys, according to in-the-know bloggers and entertainment sites.

Us Weekly reports:

The "Material Girl" herself, meanwhile, hinted earlier this week that she would be performing during the live show. "My lips are almost sealed! I can't say anything more. #itsasecret," she wrote on Friday, Jan. 24, with a picture of herself covered up in a thin black veil.

She added: "It's official! I'm off my crutches and I'm looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys." (Last Thursday, the seven-time Grammy winner sustained a minor injury from dancing in high heels.)

No further details on the number were available.


'Same Love' Songstress Mary Lambert Reflects on the Last Minute Macklemore Collaboration

MarylambertMary Lambert, the openly gay crooner who sings the beautiful chorus for "Same Love," the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis-helmed marriage equality anthem, has had quite a successful year. The tune is nominated for the song of the year award at Sunday's Grammy Awards, and her involvement on the track has helped push her solo career into overdrive. Funnily enough, though, she says that she very nearly missed out on the amazing opportunity.

HuffPost reports:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had written and produced a song called "Same Love," but they needed a special hook to finalize the emotional track. Like the rap duo, Lambert is from Seattle, though she had never met them before.

"I was sort of a last resort," said Lambert. "It was a match made in heaven."

Lambert was given "about two or three hours" to write the song's chorus and then record it the same night in front of the breakthrough newcomers, who were instantly impressed by the soft singer.

"They loved it. It was like this beautiful minute of silence after I sung the chorus," she recalled.

Lambert's deeply felt connection to the track, which was shockingly successful given the content, has pushed her deeper into her own music career as well.

She said it also has encouraged her to be honest in her own music. She released an EP, "Welcome to the Age of My Body," in December and it features a spinoff of "Same Love" called "She Keeps Me Warm" — a refrain from the original track.

Lambert signed to Capitol Records and will release a full-length album this year. She plans to sing about topics from female empowerment, fat shaming and domestic violence.

"I think people are figuring out there's no formula anymore. The things that used to work for record companies don't necessarily work," she said.

Check out Lambert's EP on iTunes, and tune in to the Grammy Awards this Sunday at 8pm on CBS to see if "Same Love" steals the show. 


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