Queen Latifah on marrying 33 couples at Grammys: ‘Call me Queen Commish’
It’s not every day 33 couples of different types — same-sex, heterosexual, interracial — tie the knot at once on live TV. In fact, it was unprecedented…until the 56th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
During their performance of “Same Love,” Grammy-award winning duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were joined on stage by Queen Latifah, who officiated a mass wedding, followed by a surprise performance by Madonna, who sang her hit “Open Your Heart.”
“I look forward to the day when presiding over a historic wedding ceremony like this is just the norm,” Latifah, 43, told reporters backstage after the epic event. “To me, it was special to all the couples we married today and I look forward to dashing off to go sign their marriage certificates. It’s awesome.”
Planned in only two weeks, the triple threat explained how she could legally perform the ceremony. “I had to get sworn in as a commissioner for the state of California, so I’m not an ordained minister like I said, but I’m a commissioner,” she said. “So you can call me to commish – Queen Commish!”
Unfortunately, the title of “Queen Commish” expired shortly after the Grammy performance. “If you come see me before 12 o’clock tonight, I got you,” Latifah responded, when asked if she could marry couples in the future. “If not, you’ll have to take the regular route.”
As far as her own love life is concerned, Latifah said she prefers to keep that private. “Would I get married on national TV? Um, would I? Maybe…but probably not,” she admitted. “That would probably be something I would keep for me.”