Grammys Blackout: Some Viewers Miss Macklemore, Madonna and Mass Wedding Due to TV Glitch
AT&T U-verse's feed cut out in Orlando during the segment promoting same-sex marriage.
Some Grammy viewers in the Orlando area missed out on one of the most talked-about moments of Sunday night's telecast.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, some AT&T U-verse customers lost their feed just as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis began their performance of "Same Love," featuring Madonna, during which Queen Latifah married 33 couples, including some of the same sex.
On Monday, an AT&T spokesperson said the technical glitch was due to a fiber cut shortly after 11 p.m. ET. The disruption involved local TV affiliates, including CBS, which broadcast the Grammys.
The feed was restored as some of the couples were already exiting the floor of the Staples Center.
"Technicians worked to quickly reroute the impacted video feed, and service was restored in about 10 minutes," she said. "We sincerely apologize for the perceived implication of the timing. It definitely was not purposeful."
During the performance Latifah married 33 gay and straight couples as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their song "Same Love" accompanied by Mary Lambert and Madonna.
"This song is not a love song for some of us, but for all of us," said Latifah as she introduced the special segment.
The mass of couples exchanged rings at the same time as the singer pronounced them wed while Madonna emerged to sing her classic "Open Your Heart."
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis celebrated the event, as she told The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive statement.
"When such a critically acclaimed and popular rap artist puts marriage equality center stage at one of the biggest events of the year, it is the latest in a long line of signs that our nation not only accepts, but celebrates the love and commitment of gay couples today," said Ellis (who is married to Kristen Henderson of the band Antigone Rising).
"Macklemore and Ryan Lewis aren't only talented musicians, but are setting the bar high for our allies around the country today."