Bet you won’t be forgetting tonight’s Grammys anytime soon. That’s because on top of rumors that Jay and Beyoncé will be opening the show, Queen Latifah will be officiating one big wedding ceremony live onstage! Queen’s marrying 34 gay and straight couples during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ set. The Grammy-nominated hip-hop duo will be performing their hit “Same Love.” Since its release, the song has become a marriage-equality anthem for the LGBT community and its supporters.
Queen Latifah has always been a vocal proponent of gay rights and marriage equality, so much so that rumors of her sexuality grew at fever pitch when she partook in a 2012 LGBT pride event. During the event, Queen reportedly addressed the audience as “my people,” which caused many to believe that she was coming out the closet. She later rebuffed the rumors while speaking on her support for the LGBT community.
“I know that the most important thing and the only thing I have to give is love. When people are going through hatred and bullying, the biggest thing to fight that is love. So that’s all I encouraged my audience to do that night: to share their light and share their love. Period.”
Grammy organizers are well aware that some might find the performance controversial and even gimmicky. However, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich contends that the idea to feature the weddings came from onstage marriage proposals that happened at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ shows. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow also commented:
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them, and that’s healthy. We don’t need to stoop to the level of trying to find gimmicks and sensationalistic approaches to what we do.”
The 34 selected couples were previously told that the ceremony would be taking place on live TV and only learned a few weeks ago that it would be happening at the Grammys tonight!
But this won’t be the only controversy. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up for three Grammys in the rap category. The hip hop duo will be battling their fellow rappers for “Best Rap Song,” “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Performance.” Upon the release of the nominations, hip-hop fans got into an uproar because many felt like the duo were not representative of the genre. And word recently came out that members of the Grammy rap committee allegedly felt the same way, not wanting to nominate Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for any rap nods because of their mainstream success.
Between Jay and Beyoncé’s rumored opening, plus Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ wedding ceremony/performances and possible wins, and other performances by Bruno Mars, Juicy J, Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and more, Twitter will be on FIRE!