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Thirty-three couples marry on Grammys stage to Macklemore and Lewis duet

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Macklemore performs "Same Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah (L-R) perform "Same Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni
Madonna performs her song "Open Your Heart" during the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni
Macklemore performs "Same Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni
Mary Lambert and Madonna (R) perform "Same Love" by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore (L) at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni
Madonna (L) performs her song "Open Your Heart" as Queen Latifah celebrates after performing a mass marriage ceremony during the "Same Love" segment by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah (from L) stand together after performing "Same Love" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Mary Lambert performs "Same Love" with Macklemore (not pictured) at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Thirty-three couples got married live on stage during the Grammys as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their marriage equality anthem Same Love.

As the duo performed, with guest appearances from Madonna and Mary Lambert, t he couples exchanged rings in the aisles of the Staples Centre as singer Queen Latifah performed the ceremony.

Standing next to Madonna, who was dressed all in white with a white cowboy hat, the Chicago star said: "By the power vested in me by the state of California, I now pronounce you married."

Speaking to the press after the awards ceremony, Queen Latifah said: "To be able to do something special for people, to change someone's life, is what I was able to do tonight.

"I took it very seriously, I didn't enter into it lightly. It's not about TV or ratings, this was something real for me."

Clutching the four gongs they won on the night, Macklemore and Lewis said afterwards that they were overwhelmed by their achievement.

Lewis also revealed his sister and her partner were among the couples who got married during the ceremony. "You never think you are going to win a Grammy," he said.

"It is that thing that is so distant, it's the pinnacle, it's the apex, to be able to celebrate same love. My sister getting married tonight was so personal, I still have chills now."

Recording artist Katy Perry attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Katy Perry attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Recording artist Katy Perry attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Model Amber Rose attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Sean Lennon (L) and artist Yoko Ono attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Singer Natasha Bedingfield attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Madonna (R) and David Banda attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Recording artist Gloria Estefan attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Recording artist Wiz Khalifa (L) featured wearing Converse in support of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp and model Amber Rose attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Recording artist Alicia Keys attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actor Jamie Foxx (R) and Corinne Bishop attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Mark Ronson (R) and Joséphine de La Baume attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Recording artist/actor Marc Anthony (R) and Chloe Green attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Recording artist Rita Ora attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Robin Thicke (L) and actress Paula Patton attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Recording artist Ariana Grande attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artists Calvin Harris (L) and Rita Ora attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Macklemore said of the song: "It is a message of equality, tolerance and compassion to end homophobia, fear and hatred that has been an institution here in America.

"I thank the Grammys for giving us this platform. The fact that radio and awards shows got behind it is a testament to how far we have come."

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