This year’s Grammy Awards came to a monumental close when Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed equality anthem “Same Love” before thirty-three couples were married in a mass wedding ceremony— including gay, straight, and transgender individuals—officiated by Queen Latifah.
Macklemore started things off by taking the stage with Lewis, Trombone Shorty, and songstress Mary Lambert, who contributes the female vocal melody to the hit. The track paused, and Queen Latifah emerged in front of a cathedral backdrop.
“We are gathered here to celebrate love and harmony,” she said. “Please exchange rings. By the power vested in me by the state of California, I now pronounce you a married couple!”
Madonna then joined those on stage to sing some of her 1986 hit “Open Your Heart.”
As the camera panned over the audience, Keith Urban was caught crying and pop powerhouse Katy Perry was beaming after being handed a bouquet by one of the brides walking down the aisle.
“How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris shared his feelings about the performance with his fans on Twitter, posting: “My face hurts from smiling. That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to see. Much, much love. Well done Grammys.”
TV host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres also tweeted her sentiments: “#SameLove was incredible. Love to @Macklemore, @RyanLewis, @MaryLambertSing, @Madonna, and @IAmQueenLatifah for a beautiful performance. #GRAMMYs.”
Aside from the memorable performance, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had an incredible night, taking home four Grammy awards in the new artist, best performance, best song (“Thrift Shop”), and best album (“The Heist”) categories.