A gay icon and a couple of rap renegades from Seattle could prove to be one of Grammy night's most inspired pairings.
The awards show organizers have a well-earned reputation for head-scratching mash-ups (the JoBros and Stevie Wonder ... because?), but few could argue that Madonna joining Macklemore & Ryan Lewis onstage for a performance of "Same Love" on Sunday is just short of genius.
According to Us Weekly, sources confirmed that the Material Girl will hit the stage with seven-time nominees Macklemore and producing partner Lewis. The duo are also primed to help make it a historic night for hip-hop with nods in key categories like Album of the Year.
Up for Song of the Year, their groundbreaking "Same Love" became anthemic just as the fight for marriage equality began picking up steam around the country. For hip-hop, a genre not typically equated with progressive views on gay rights, the song was brave and, for many, another step forward. Madonna, of course, has spent her career giving voice to issues significant to the gay community.
Last March, at the 2013 GLAAD Awards, the pop queen played dress-up in a boy scouts uniform to protest the group's ban on gay scouts and leaders.
While the rumors remain just that, the Material Girl and the rap duo have already been confirmed as performers at the 56th annual event. She took to Instagram to acknowledge her planned appearance this week and the ensuing fashion emergency: "It's official! I'm off my crutches and I'm looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys."
But she was coy about what she had on tap, posting a cryptic note along with an image of her gold grill veiled behind a lace mask, before adding the hashtag #itsasecret.