Macklemore’s selfie collection is sure to balloon at tonight’s (January 26) 56th Grammy Awards — with wedding snaps. During Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ performance of the Grammy-nominated “Same Love,” the New York Times reveals, 34 couples will tie the knot.
According to the Times, couples will be from all walks of life — gay, straight, all ages and races — and performers will even get in on the action. Queen Latifah will officiate, and Madonna will join the duo and singer Mary Lambert for the performance.
Madonna’s involvement was grinding through the rumor mills leading up to today’s event, with Madge posting a photo to Instagram featuring a gold grill and a veil. Perhaps she’ll dig out that famous VMA wedding dress for the event?
The idea first came about after Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich’s daughter, who is gay, told her father about how couples often proposed onstage during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concerts — given the fact that “Same Love” has become a kind of marriage equality anthem, according to the Times. When Ehrlich and the duo sat down to discuss their upcoming performance at the Grammys, he suggested they stage a full wedding.
The identities of the 34 couples are currently being kept under wraps, but Lewis did share that his sister Laura — who is already engaged to boyfriend, Alex — will be among those tying the knot tonight.
“A night that is already tremendous for me, for the music,” Lewis told the Times, “but to have my sister get married and my family there watching it — that makes it a whole other level of amazing.”
After Macklemore and Co. performed “Same Love” at the 2013 MTV VMAs — and scored an award for Best Video With A Social Message — vocalist Lambert praised the sentiment inherent in the jam.
“It’s really incredible to be a part of such an incredible social movement and to have the support and to go around the world and say, ‘What’s up? I’m gay,’ and have everyone support,” she said. “That is really cool.”
That movement is sure to reach epic proportions during tonight’s performance/nuptials.
“[The weddings] will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing,” Lewis told the Times.