34 gay and straight couples to wed on-air at the Grammys

The couples will exchange vows to Macklemore's "Same Love"

Topics: Grammys, Same-sex marriage, Weddings, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Grammys 2014, ,

Tonight’s Very Special Grammy awards will feature a mass wedding (no, not that kind), with 34 couples tying the knot during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of “Same Love,” the marriage-equality anthem that’s been nominated in multiple categories.

If being wed on live television with 33 other couples — including Lewis’ sister and her boyfriend — doesn’t say “dream wedding,” the New York Times also reports that Madonna will be joining the hip-hop duo onstage, while Queen Latifah officiates.



“We’re serious about this,” producer Ken Ehrlich told the New York Times. Added Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. “We don’t need to stoop to the level of trying to find gimmicks and sensationalistic approaches to what we do.”

But while vows will be exchanged by couples of all stripes — “gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors” — the network is distancing itself from making an outright show of support in favor of gay marriage. “I would not want to make a broad statement that it represents the views of the academy or the CBS television network,” Ehrlich said.

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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