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Dozens wed during Grammy performance

wedding2_635x250_1390802765Madonna and Queen Latifah lent their star power as gay and straight couples said ‘I do’ during the Grammys yesterday night.

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.

8c2dbc4f-5480-4ced-8e4f-f7e7acbc8e0e_Grammys-Macklemore-WeddingThen the capper: Madonna emerged through the neon arches in a white suit, hat, and cane to serenade the newlyweds with her classic song “Open Your Heart.”

As the couples filed out after the performance to a standing ovation, the assembled music stars could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.

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  1. JayR ҉am

     /  January 27, 2014


    Were there Naija Stars present at the event? Oya, where them bill enforcers, give them their prison outfit for a 10 years vacation behind bars.

  2. Abikoye Oluwatosin

     /  January 27, 2014


  3. Oh well….30 couples, eh? Well…you know the statistics 😉

    Ah, whatever.


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