Macklemore’s Grammy Performance Was Pretty Touching Until Madonna Showed Up With A Scepter

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed their hit “Same Love” last night at the Grammy’s while Queen Latifah married 33 couples – gay and straight – live. It was very touching. Tears were welling up in my eyes as I looked at these couples, sharing their vows with the rest of us. Until Madonna showed up, that is.

Picture this: Queen Latifah preaching about love and equality, Macklemore really passionately feeling his performance and the moment, 33 couples binding their lives forever – and out comes Madonna dressed like an angel/cowboy/pimp holding a scepter:

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The moment was like being in the club, dancing to the most amazing song – and then some idiot bumps into the booth and makes the record scratch.

Ugh, Madonna. While I’m sure it probably wasn’t actually her idea to come strolling onto the stage right at the moment that people were saying their “I Do’s,” whoever came up with this idea is dumb. The moment just really didn’t need to be punctuated by a super-star stealing it. I get that it was the Grammy’s – but it was also a wedding. Wow, did I just write that sentence? Everything is just weird.

I like Macklemore – I think he deserves all the props he’s getting and his Grammy wins. I always found it a little funny that he had to have a “but just to be clear, I’m not gay” disclaimer at the beginning of a song about not judging those who aren’t heterosexual, but whatever. It’s nice to hear someone pushing out a positive message for once in popular music. GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis celebrated the event, telling The Hollywood Reporter:

“When such a critically acclaimed and popular rap artist puts marriage equality center stage at one of the biggest events of the year, it is the latest in a long line of signs that our nation not only accepts, but celebrates the love and commitment of gay couples today,” said Ellis.


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  • Beth

    I keep hearing people talking about his supposed “I’m not gay, you guys” disclaimer – but that’s NOT what is actually is! If you listen to his lyrics, he’s saying that BECAUSE OF STEREOTYPES he thought he was gay. He’s attacking those thoughtless stereotypes, the way our culture dismisses homosexuals as individuals, the way people get labelled from a very young age, and the fact that he was upset when he thought he was gay – when really everyone should be able to celebrate finding out who they are. I LOVE that song, and I was thrilled that it was performed at the Grammys. I thought the wedding thing was a cool touch, and yes, I was also confused by Madonna’s presence. I think Madonna is a bit like sprinkles. People think she should be added to everything …. :-S

    • keelhaulrose

      I read a comment on a different website today complaining that he ‘wrecked’ Same Love by using the word faggot in it. I think they seriously missed the point of the song.

    • Beth

      Thank you! That’s pretty much what I was trying to say – I think some people have missed the point. Just like that article on, I think, Crushable that was putting Macklemore down because he’s a straight guy rapping in support of gay people – trying to say that he needs to be gay to be able to defend and support gay people’s struggles and their right to equal respect for their relationships.

    • nonnee

      Our culture doesn’t dismiss homosexuals as individuals. It’s just that some people don’t particularly like their lifestyle.

  • Beth

    While I think Madonna’s attire looked a bit ridiculous, I didn’t mind her being there. She has been a huge supporter of gay rights for years and is an icon. Also, the lyrics to “Open Your Heart” were a nice addition to the message behind “One Love.” Additionally, Macklemore’s lyrics about not being gay himself are not a disclaimer, but rather a statement about how stereotypes, even at a young age can influence you. I thought the whole performance was beautiful.

  • SmrtGrl86

    This may garner me some hatred, but I don’t really like Madonna, and I think she looks like a zombie. Her music just isn’t all that awesome anymore and the publicity stunts are old and have been for decades. There are new famous people that might be famouser than her and the “look at me, look at me!” Shtick is unattractive on a twenty something and downright pitiful on a fifty some year old woman.

    • Mel

      This! The gold teeth and the absurd clothes and the questionable parenting choices… It’s sad when people don’t know when their time has come to step off the stage (male and female, young and old).

    • TngldBlue

      Although it pains me, as a child of the 80′s who was obsessed with Madonna, I have to agree. She reeks of the desperation of trying to stay relevant and her antics are just silly and boring. Now I’m going to go cry into my lace gloves while listening to Crazy for You on repeat.

    • Sara610

      I totally agree, too.

    • brebay

      I’m voting you up just for being Daria.

    • Sara610

      Haha, thanks!

  • Sara610

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one. I thought this whole thing was so great, I was enjoying it and thinking about what an incredible, watershed moment it was……and then Madonna shows up in that ridiculous outfit and starts to sing. And her singing was–I don’t want to be judgy, but it was TERRIBLE. I know the song was slowed down and that probably wasn’t her choice, but holy effing crap on a cracker, it was bad. Embarrassingly so.

  • allisonjayne

    Yeah, the beginning of the Macklemore song bugs me a bit too. I get what he’s saying but it just rubs me the wrong way. But I do love listening to a woman sing about loving another woman…as a queer lady, it always sends shivers down my spine and I just love singing (terribly) along to it.

    • Sara610

      This is so interesting–it never occurred to me that the opening to that song could be construed as an “I’m not gay” disclaimer until I read the comments here. I’m not saying you’re wrong that it rubbed you the wrong way, it’s just interesting that two people can watch the exact same thing and interpret it completely differently.

    • allisonjayne

      I don’t necessarily read it as a ‘don’t worry dudes I’m not gay’ disclaimer…..I just find that it’s a bit strange start to the song with “I like girls” out of all the other things he raps about in the song.

      But considering I just read a whole article of horribly homophobic reactions to the grammys on twitter (why did I do that? I don’t know) so quite frankly after reading that, I now don’t really give a shit because I am remembering that there are a whole lot of folks out there who’d prefer to see me burned alive. I’ll take Macklemore over that any day.

    • Rachel Sea

      I like the beginning of the song for pointing to how stereotypes hurt everyone. I also think it has merit for telling people right off that you don’t have to be gay to care about equality.

  • Rachel Sea

    I have no problem with the beginning of Macklemore’s song. It’s his coming out story, and I don’t think it matters that it turns out he was straight.

    I don’t know if it was the tempo of Madonna’s song, or if she had a cold, but she sounded like hell. The hat, tie and cane were artistic design fails. It was a lovely moment which should have been punctuated by celebration, not a cowboy-pimpsuit.

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