The Grammys is always one of my favorite awards shows of the season, because unlike other silly shows that focus on like, giving out awards or whatever, the Grammys is just one really long concert where I know the words to all of the songs with a few trophy presentations sporadically thrown in. What could be more fun than that? Oh, I don’t know, how about a wedding during Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Grammys performance? Or better yet, 34 such weddings!
I know what you’re thinking. Weddings are not fun. Weddings are those miserable things where your family asks you why you’re so horrible that you haven’t found someone willing to hang out with you for the rest of your life yet. But just hear me out.
According to The New York Times, during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love” tonight, 34 couples will be wed. The betrothed will include gay and straight couples of all different ethnicities and ages–oh and Ryan Lewis’s sister, Laura, and her boyfriend.
I confess that my gut reaction to this weddings-at-the-Grammys idea is that it’s just one horrible publicity stunt parading as an attempt to make a statement about marriage equality. I mean, the idea for the weddings came from the producer of the Grammys. Whose job it is to get good ratings for the Grammys. So, yeah, don’t tell me this has nothing to do with getting publicity for the show. Adding fuel to the publicity-stunt fire is the fact that Queen Latifah will officiate the ceremonies and Madonna will be onstage for the performance.
And anyway, as someone who admittedly has not spent much time thinking about her wedding, I just really don’t think that I would choose to celebrate my special day by broadcasting it to strangers all over the country. I get that these couples will probably (hopefully) have other, more intimate ceremonies with just their loved ones and this is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but shouldn’t a wedding be solely about the bride(s) and groom(s) and not about attracting viewers to an award show?
But honestly, who am I to decide how other people should express their love or what it means to “celebrate your special day?” This may not be how I would want to say my vows, but who cares? It’s not really any of my business how or why other people get married–and I think that’s exactly the point of the performance. It’s about celebrating the love of 34 couples in the way they want to be celebrated, and that’s pretty awesome.