Grammys 2014: Queen Latifah on her role in the ‘Same Love’ wedding

Couples are wed as Macklemore, left, performs with Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah at the 56th Grammy Awards.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

A content Queen Latifah appeared backstage at the Grammys on Sunday night after officiating at the weddings of nearly three dozen couples, both gay and straight, during the telecast.

“I look forward to the day when presiding over a historic wedding ceremony like this is the norm,” said Latifah. “I can’t wait to dash off and sign their marriage certificates.

During the ceremony Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their song “Same Love,” which has become a touchstone in the movement to legalize gay marriage. Madonna also appeared to sing “Open Your Heart.” When it was over, many, including Keith Urban, were brought to tears.


Latifah said she was approached to perform the ceremony only a few weeks ago. “I’m not an ordained minister, I’m a commissioner,” said Latifah. “Call me Queen Commish.”

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Would Latifah get married on national television?

“Maybe, but probably not,” she said carefully. “That would probably be a day I keep to me.”

Still, she said she thought the couples who married on Sunday night were incredibly brave. “They should be celebrating tonight,” said Latifah. “Looking into their eyes -- this is a real moment for them -- and I’m happy to be here.

Asked if she thought rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were breaking new ground in hip-hop by addressing themes such as diversity and acceptance, she said no. Social justice has long been fodder for hip-hop artists, she said.

“Macklemore & Lewis are hugely successful with Grammy after Grammy for making good music and for talking about things that matter to people,” she said.



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