Of all the beautiful things that have happened on the Grammys throughout the years, Sunday’s ceremony may have delivered the most touching of all. Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, accompanied by singer Mary Lambert, provided the soundtrack as 33 real-life couples exchanged vows during the live awards telecast.
The stage was outfitted like a proper neon church, complete with wedding arches, as Macklemore performed the gay rights anthem “Same Love” backed by strings and horns. Queen Latifah, who also introduced the performance, returned to the stage after the song, clearly overjoyed to preside over the massive matrimony. The couples lined the aisles of the Staples Center. Gay, straight, old, young, interracial, tattooed — couples of all kinds held hands and swapped vows and rings as Latifah choked up.
As the couples filed out after the performance to a standing ovation, the assembled music stars could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.