The Grammys was more than just a celebration of the year's best music last night.
In fact it made history in more ways than one by joining together 33 couples in holy matrimony.
Award winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took to the stage to perform their song "Same Love" featuring artist Mary Lambert, which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.
Towards the end of the performance, Queen Latifah appeared and announced the mass marriage was taking place, which she officiated over.
"When we say music has the power to bring people together at the Grammys, we mean it," Queen Latifah told the audience.
"Tonight, we celebrate the commitment to love by all of these beautiful couples. We are gathered together here to celebrate love and harmony in every key and every color."
Couples “gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors” were officiated by the actress and chat show host before Madonna appeared in a white suit to sing "Open Your Heart" from her album The Immaculate Collection.
The 34 couples -- some same-sex, some opposite-sex and diverse in race and appearance -- exchanged rings before the Grammys stage at Los Angeles' Staples Center, which was momentarily transformed into a brightly lit church with a gospel choir.
Grammy organizers said they knew the stunt would likely attract controversy by those who oppose gay marriage or who might see it as trivializing a serious matter.
“I expect that people with all kinds of opinions might voice them, and that’s healthy,” Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which presents the Grammys, said when asked about the potential response.
Whatever the opinion, the moment was an emotional one and there was hardly a dry eye in the house!
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