Not since Ricky Martin shook his bon-bons at the Grammy Awards 15 years ago have we been so tingly inside as tonight —though for an admittedly different reason —when 33 couples (including many of whom are same-sex) tied the knot in a mass wedding officiated by — irony alert — Queen Latifah. The engaged twosomes made it legal during a performance by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and out singer Mary Lambert of their hit equality anthem “Same Love.” Latifah, recently deputized by Los Angeles County to perform the weddings, asked the couples to exchange rings. “We are gathered here to celebrate love and harmony,” Latifah proclaimed.
It’s a staggering accomplishment, and we offer kudos to both CBS and Grammy producers because now everyone who tuned in to see Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson or Kendrick Lamar has now witnessed a same-sex wedding.
And if this wasn’t enough to make our hearts swell, out came none other than Madonna to give the ceremony her official sanction. The Mighty M donned an all-white suit and cowboy hat, looking like heaven’s most androgynous angel (or, according to internet meanies, Colonel Sanders), to sing a version of her classic “Open Your Heart,” arranged in the key of the traditional wedding march, while backed by a gospel choir before joining Lambert for a snippet of “Same Love.” As the couples exited the auditorium, someone tossed a bouquet that was caught by a beaming Katy Perry. It was enough to make even country superstar Keith Urban tear up. Our heads are about to explode from all the wonderful televised gayness.