The Grammy Awards 2014 will be a special night indeed and beside the nominees and performers, 34 couples will be getting married on live television.
Queen Latifiah will officiate the wedding ceremony during a performance by Madonna, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert for a special duet of the duo's marriage equality hit-song, Same Love. Lewis' sister Laura and her boyfriend Alex will also get married during the live-ceremony.
The New York Times reported that the featured couples will be "gay, straight, old, young, of many races and colors." The selected couples were previously told that the ceremony would take place during live television, but only learned a few weeks ago that it would be happening at the Grammys.
Producers of the show are aware that the performance and weddings may stir some controversy, but Ken Enrlich is okay with that. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow said, "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."
Latifah has also been open about her stance of gay right and marriage-equality and addressed the LGBT community at a 2012 pride event as "my people," but later cleared up her statement.
"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," Latifah said.