Macklemore and Ryan Lewis turned their performance of pro-gay, pro-unity rap “Same Love” into a piece of Grammy history tonight. Towards the song’s end, Queen Latifah emerged and proceeded to act as the officiant for 34 couples who were getting married there, on sight, during the song. As she pronounced them legally married, Madonna hit the stage wearing a white cowboy hat and started singing a slowed-down version of her 1986 single “Open Your Heart.” A choir backed her, the newly married couples were shown singing along in tears and Macklemore’s vision of literally uniting people was fully realized on a massive, world stage.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been one of the biggest breakout artists of the last year – their 2012 album The Heist has sold more than a million copies and landed Macklemore on the cover of Rolling Stone last summer. The pair was nominated for seven Grammys and tonight they won best Best New Artist, as well as Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. Also, “Same Love” was nominated for Song of the Year and The Heist was nominated for Album of the Year.
“The legacy that I’m leaving on the world is more than just a song about second-hand clothes,” he told Rolling Stone last summer, referring to his hit song “Thrift Shop.”
The duo is hoping to get back in the studio later this year.