Grammys to include 34 on-air weddings

Grammys to include 34 on-air weddings

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 26, 2014

The stage is set for the 2014 Grammy Awards and the GRAMMY LIVE pre-show has already begun, starting at 12 p.m. ET.

Sure to be a water-cooler topic tomorrow, "34 couples -- gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors," will wed live on-air during Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis' performance of "Same Love." Their marriage-equality anthem fuels their Grammy nominations. "Queen Latifah will officiate at the nuptials, and Madonna will join the number with Macklemore, Mr. Lewis and the song's featured vocalist, Mary Lambert," reported the New York Times.

According to ABC News, "In Yahoo Music's predictions for the winners, Lorde's 'Royals,' is a frontrunner to win a Grammy for both Record and Song of the Year. Lorde, 17, would become the youngest winner in Grammy history in both of those categories."

Jay-Z is the most nominated artist with nine nods for his album "Magna Carta Holy Grail." Beyonce's nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with husband, Jay Z, makes her the "most nominated female Grammy artist alongside Dolly Parton" with 46 each.

Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pharrell Williams are all nominated for seven awards.

"Another shocker," says the New York Daily News, "the best reviewed artist of the year, Kanye West, won’t have much of a presence at the Grammys. Though he’s up in two smaller categories, he doesn’t have a shot at the center ring."

And although Justin Timberlake had the highest selling album of 2013 with "The 20/20 Experience," Sara Bareilles is also a huge Grammy surprise, nominated for the prestigious Album of the Year for "The Blessed Unrest."

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Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.