Grammys to Feature On-Air Weddings of 34 Couples

LOS ANGELES — At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, pop’s megastars will compete for the music industry’s most prestigious trophy, and put on flashy performances that are sure to ricochet through social media.

But the producers behind the program, which is to be broadcast live by CBS at 8 p.m., are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be a much more solemn event: an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.

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Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Perform “Same Love” Together at the 2014 Grammys

Let the fun begin! The Grammy Awards are well known for organizing surprise collaborations between huge artists in the music industry, and this year is no exception. Madonna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be taking the stage together at the Staples Center in L.A. for the 2014 Grammys, sources confirm to Us Weekly.

Madonna, 55, and 30-year-old Ben Haggerty — who goes by the name Macklemore alongside his producer Lewis, 25 — will be performing the rap duo’s 2013 hit “Same Love.” (Us previously reported the Queen of Pop and gay icon would be providing guest vocals for one of the evening’s nominees. Her appearance was officially confirmed Friday.) “Same Love” is an anthem for LGBT equality and same sex marriage.

This has been a hugely successful year for the old friends, who won for both Favorite Rap/Hip-Hip Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hip Album at the 2013 American Music Awards last November. At the Grammys on Jan. 25, they are up for seven nominations — including Album of the Year for The Heist, Song of the Year for “Same Love,” and Best New Artist.

The “Material Girl” herself, meanwhile, hinted earlier this week that she would be performing during the live show. “My lips are almost sealed! I can’t say anything more. #itsasecret,” she wrote on Friday, Jan. 24, with a picture of herself covered up in a thin black veil.

She added: “It’s official! I’m off my crutches and I’m looking for the perfect pair of heels to wear to the Grammys.” (Last Thursday, the seven-time Grammy winner sustained a minor injury from dancing in high heels.)

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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Watch Grammy Awards 2014 LIVE STREAM [CBS] online free via tablet, iOS and Android mobile devices

The 2014 Grammy Awards kick off this weekend with a slew of pop stars performing, including R&B couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, and Paul McCartney.

The Grammys will be broadcast on CBS and will be available to view via live stream on

The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The live telecast of the award show will be airing from 8p.m. ET to 11:30 p.m. ET.

This year, The Recording Academy and CBS will launch Grammy Live, a VIP and backstage events leading up to the Grammy awards.

Grammy Live will begin Jan. 26 at 12p.m. ET. and will be available to view online via live stream on, or by downloading the apps for iOS and Android.

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From the ELLE archive: Madonna

Since we met Madonna for our May 2008 issue, she’s been as busy as you’d expect. Her albums, Hard Candy, MDNA, and her third greatest hits album, Celebration, all reached number one. In addition to music, she created a 1980s-inspired clothing line with her daughter Lourdes, and opened a series of fitness centres. Unfortunately, just a few months after we interviewed Madonna, she split with husband Guy Ritchie.

Now, she’s rumoured to be performing at the Grammys this weekend, and we hope the rumours are true. We can’t wait to see what the Material Girl will pull out of the bag.

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Words: Louise Gannon

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Madonna Set To Perform On The 56th Annual Grammy Awards®

THE RECORDING ACADEMY LOGOSANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The latest performers for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast were announced today and they include: seven-time GRAMMY® winner Madonna; nominees Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) and Miranda Lambert in a special In Memoriam tribute to Phil Everly; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; and rapper and Academy Award® winner Juicy J. Actor Steve Coogan, actor Jeremy Renner, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, and current nominee Charlie Wilson are set to present. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music’s Biggest Night®. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at and For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Guy Oseary on new album “She’s eager to get started,”

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‘As U2 readies a new album for late spring/early summer and a reunion with longtime label Island Records, Madonna is preparing a return to the studio for the follow-up to 2012’s MDNA (“She’s eager to get started,” Oseary says), while he’s poised to take on an even broader role with Live Nation under Michael Rapino (No. 4). “We have a lot of great ideas and plans for the future. I’m excited for us to get started soon.”

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Madonna To Perform On 56th GRAMMYs

The latest performers for the 56th GRAMMY Awards are seven-time GRAMMY winner Madonna; nominees Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) and Miranda Lambert in a special In Memoriam tribute to Phil Everly; and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Actor Steve Coogan, actor Jeremy Renner, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, and current nominee Charlie Wilson are set to present.

Five-time GRAMMY winner Armstrong and GRAMMY winner Lam

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Madonna’s W.E. on Dutch Film1 in February

Romantisch kostuumdrama van Madonna waarin twee liefdesgeschiedenissen centraal staan.

wefilm1Engeland, 1936. De Amerikaanse Wallis Simpson heeft het hart van koning Edward VIII veroverd, maar trouwen mag niet. De Kerk laat Edward via de minister president de keus: de gescheiden Wallis of de troon. Hij volgt zijn hart en besluit na nog geen jaar koningschap af te treden. Wereldwijd worden ze als hertog en hertogin van Windsor gezien als meest romantische koppel van de eeuw. Parallel aan dit verhaal loopt de romance van Wally Winthrop in het New York van 1998. Hoe ongelukkiger Wally zich voelt in haar eigen huwelijk, hoe groter haar obsessie wordt voor het verhaal van koning Edward.

Na ‘Filth and Wisdom’ (2008) is dit de tweede film die geregisseerd werd door popicoon Madonna.

W.E. wordt uitgezonden op:

ma 10 feb. 20.30 uur – 22.24 uur Film1 Premiere
di 11 feb. 07.00 uur – 08.54 uur Film1 Spotlight
do 13 feb. 07.00 uur – 08.54 uur Film1 Spotlight
ma 17 feb. 20.30 uur – 22.24 uur Film1 Spotlight
do 20 feb. 01.25 uur – 03.19 uur Film1 Spotlight
za 22 feb. 06.30 uur – 08.24 uur Film1 Premiere
wo 26 feb. 01.15 uur – 03.09 uur Film1 Spotlight
vr 28 feb. 10.10 uur – 12.04 uur Film1 Premiere

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Will Madonna Join Pussy Riot Onstage in Brooklyn?

We’re hearing yes. Earlier this month it was announced that weirdos (Flaming Lips), jocks (Imagine Dragons), legends (Ms. Lauryn Hill), and the recently released from prison (Pussy Riot) will take the stage at Barclays Center on Feb. 5th for Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home concert. Then it was announced earlier this week that Pussy Riot would also be on hand. Now we’re being told that Madonna will be making an appearance as well, possibly joining Pussy Riot on stage. Of course, Madonna has long been a supporter of the group, writing “Free Pussy RIot” on her arms and back all during her MDNA tour.

We’ll keep you posted if anyone else is added or if this (very likely true) rumor turns out to be just that. Full original press release about the concert and a video of Madonna’s impassioned Pussy Riot speech in Moscow after the jump.

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