In recent months, championships and awards have taken Seattle by storm. For the first time in history, a Seattle based artist has taken home four Grammys, only days after performing in the half time show at the NFC Championship Football Game.
Macklemore, an artist born and raised in the greater Seattle area, was nominated for seven Grammys, including song and album of the year. He took home four, sweeping the hip hop and rap categories. He also made history by marrying 33 couples during his performance.
“I think Same Love was a good song, but it’s also quite old,” junior zoology major Ashley S Dezellem said, “we’ve already seen him perform this song at award ceremonies.” While it is an important political statement, the Grammy Awards are about the year in music and honoring contributions made in the last year, not about making public statements.
Ashley continued on to say that much of the impact of the wedding ceremonies was lost, especially with Madonna performing in the middle. If he had performed the weddings the first time he had done “Same Love” at an award ceremony, the impact would have been much bigger.
However, not everyone is in agreement on this front. Senior history and political science major Ryan J Baye said “I think that the mass marriage was a very poignant effort, especially on [Macklemore’s] part to demonstrate a lot of things.” Macklemore provided a once in a lifetime experience to these couples, and by providing a public figure to represent their beliefs, he’s reducing the amount of potential backlash these people could face, said Ryan.
A member of Macklemore’s Grammy choir said that “the mass wedding was a shock at the core. None of the performers were informed in advance.” When the members of the choir were finally told, they were floored that it was going to happen, but everyone treated it like it was routine. “I definitely have a new appreciation for the LGBTQ community. I was ignorant to the prejudice they face, but it’s a huge battle.”
One thing that was agreed on was that Macklemore was absolutely the right person to perform at the NFC Championship game. Both Ashley and Ryan said that because Macklemore is from Seattle, having him perform was a way to show off some serious Seattle pride, especially because the NFC championship game broadcast nationwide.