Not typically the pinnacle of religious communal experience, yesterday's Grammy's proved to be a spectacle that got at least a few people thinking about, well, God.
Among the many issues that have become embroiled in religious and political debate in the last decades, gay marriage has been right there up at the top. What, exactly, did Jesus think about homosexuality? (Apparently, nothing.)
Last night, musicians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the debate head on by performing their marriage equality anthem "Same Love" with Madonna and Mary Lambert; while Queen Latifa officiated 34 weddings to gay and straight couples on a set made to look like a church with stained glassed windows.
More than just a political statement, the performance took on spiritual dimensions accented by the lyrics of the song:
"Whatever god you believe in/We come from the same one."
Reactions to the performance on Twitter were mixed, but largely positive. Of course there were the critical:
— Apostolic Problems (@ApostolicProbs) January 27, 2014
— Latinpianist™ (@Latinpianist) January 27, 2014
But many appreciated and felt validated by Macklemore's statement:
— Aimee (@fluffylinda77) January 27, 2014
— Pérola Couto (@britishdragons) September 8, 2013
— Andres Maldonado (@anDres_Luv) July 24, 2013
— Kim Lavine (@KimLavine) January 27, 2014
— YOVANNI™ (@YOVANNImusic) January 27, 2014
Did you watch the Grammy's? What did you think of Macklemore's performance?