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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.


Macklemore Speaks Out for Trayvon Martin, Against Racial Profiling: VIDEO

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In a taped segment at the American Music Awards with Ryan Lewis at his side, Macklemore spoke out against racial profiling in a tribute to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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Behind The Scenes Of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis On Tour: VIDEO

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Indie artists and "Same Love" songsters Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are going on their first arena tour this fall, covering ground in the U.S. and Europe. Thanks to a five-part documentary chronicling their journey, you can get a glimpse of the duo's life on the road. The documentary is part of Buffalo David Bitton’s "Blank Check Series" and provides artists funding so they can continue to create and work.

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Tell Chelsea Handler: 'We're Gay'

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis appeared on Chelsea Lately last night to talk about their VMAs win and discuss rumors that they're gay. After Lewis reveals that the duo met on MySpace, well, the jig is pretty much up.

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Mary Lambert's 'She Keeps Me Warm' Gets a Music Video: WATCH

Mary Lambert, the Seattle-based singer-songwriter whose 'she keeps me warm' refrain grounds Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's hugely successful song "Same Love," couldn't really believe she was about to perform at the Video Music Awards. " I still feel like I'm going to be at mom's to turn on the VMAs and watch whatever Kanye does," she told Billboard in an interview.

Mary-lambert-2013-650-430But this weekend, she did just that, joining her collaborators onstage and sharing an award for best music video with a social message.  Before her work on "Same Love," Lambert worked three day jobs, but these days she's touring with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and keeping herself busy writing new songs.  With the duo's blessing, she expanded her "Same Love" hook into a full song, which was released as a single last month.

Now, "She Keeps Me Warm" has its own music video, which you can check out below.  Here are a few great excerpts from Lambert's interview with Billboard:

  • On writing "Same Love" with Macklemore and his writing partner Ryan Lewis: "For me, writing the song was a very personal endeavor. It's talking about my sexuality and my religion. To have that resonate with people -- and not just on a wide scale, with the pushing of gay marriage -- but on a very personal, real level, with people talking to me about their experience in church and their sexuality, that's where it really hits home to me. You're hearing these stories, and you know exactly what that person's gone through."
  • On her feelings about "Same Love" being chosen as the third radio single from "The Heist": "I was really apprehensive to hear it on the radio and see how people would respond.  This wasn't Washington state radio -- this was national radio. It's such a wide audience that you don't know who's going to be listening to it. You don't know what people's belief systems are… I'm just kind of shocked that it's taken this entirely new life of its own."
  • On her inspiration for filming the "She Keeps Me Warm" video: "Two years ago, I did an extensive YouTube search for a mainstream music video that depicted a lesbian relationship. I was disappointed, shocked and a little hurt that I couldn't find a single one. Sure, there were hot girls rolling around in lingerie, girls briefly holding hands, or something involving a man. Lesbians were used as shock value. This video came to fruition with an all-queer female crew who shared my vision. It was an incredible experience."

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(photo courtesty of Deborah Spencer for Billboard)

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Macklemore Accepts VMA for 'Same Love', Says 'Gay Rights are Human Rights': VIDEO

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Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert took the stage to accept the MTV Moonman at the VMAs for "Best Video with a Social Message" for their marriage equality anthem "Same Love".

MacklemoreSaid Macklemore:

"I'll be honest. I really wanted to win the award for Best Rap Video but this Moonman here stands for a lot more. I've been writing songs since I was 15 and out of every single song I have every written to me this is the most important record out of all of them. And to watch this song in the last year spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right here now America on the forefront of equality. Gay rights are human rights there is no separation."

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And if you missed the performance of the song they did later in the show (with surprise guest Jennifer Hudson), watch it HERE.

And if you somehow missed the epic video they won the award for, watch it HERE.

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