Talk about an unforgettable Grammy moment. Queen Latifah presided over the union of dozens of couples at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday night during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' memorable performance of "Same Love."
The happy couples weren’t the only ones who got excited about the groundbreaking event. Queen Latifah was equally thrilled. The beloved rapper, actress and television talk show host shared exclusive behind-the-scenes video footage of the event during the Queen Latifah Show, as well as footage of her deputization as a commissioner of civil marriages.
"I was deputized and I married 33 couples and I'm so proud of that moment," she gushed to the audience. "I still can't get over it – it felt so incredible to be on that stage looking out at all those happy couples with the anticipation of what was about to happen. They were dancing they were crying…but for me it was all about their love and all about their happiness."
Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Elaine Owens, was sworn in by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for Los Angeles County. After she took the oath with her right hand raised, she quipped, "So I can call myself the commish?"
She also joked, " Anybody need to get hooked up? I got the power!" before busting out some dance moves.
Queen Latifah really did have the power to make these unions official, and signed their marriage paperwork herself. "When we were doing the run-throughs she'd rap and make jokes," said Yawar Charlie, who was married to his fiancé Jason Miller by Queen Latifah during the ceremony. "She was so wonderful – she signed our marriage license and it will be framed."