Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit the stage at L.A.’s Staples Center last night for a performance of “Same Love” at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.
The Seattle-based hip hop duo was reunited onstage with lesbian singer-songwriter Mary Lambert to perform their Grammy-nominated hit single, “Same Love.” Then the three were joined by none other than Madonna, who added her vocals as the song morphed into her ’80s dance-pop hit, “Open Your Heart.”
During this surreal ensemble performance, against a backdrop of towering stained-glass windows, Queen Latifah officiated while 33 couples—some same-gender, some mixed gender—got married on the air.
“Same Love”—which was nominated for Song of the Year, but didn’t win—has become a marriage equality anthem in the LGBT community.
The chorus of “Same Love” was written by Lambert.
No doubt Macklemore & Lewis were in an uber-celebratory mood during the song’s performance, since they had won four Grammys. (They were nominated for seven.) But the weddings were a spectacular expression of their commitment to equality.
Before Sunday night’s live broadcast, The New York Times reported Lewis saying that the weddings “will be in our minds (as) the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.”