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SHOW BITS: Love in the air and aisles at Grammys

Monday - 1/27/2014, 2:30pm  ET

The Associated Press

Show Bits brings you Sunday's 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. ollow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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QUEEN LATIFAH? SHE WAS QUEEN COMMISH FOR THE NIGHT

The weddings of 33 couples during the Grammy Awards were legally presided over by Queen Latifah. The rapper-actress-talk show host had to be sworn in as a commissioner by the state of California to perform the ceremony.

"You can call me Queen Commish for a little longer," she joked backstage Sunday night.

Latifah said she's not an ordained minister and her special powers expired at midnight.

"It was something I took very seriously," she said. "That is someone's life commitment to one another, you want to make sure you do it right. That's what sunk in for me."

The marriages took place in the aisle of the Staples Center during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' performance of the gay rights anthem "Same Love."

"To have your wedding in front of 100 million people is pretty momentous," Latifah said. "I can say I was here and that will not leave me. I look forward to dashing off and signing all their wedding certificates."

-- Beth Harris -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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ROCKED OUT BY THE END, RIGHT OUT THE DOOR

By the time Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Lindsey Buckingham hit the stage to close out the Grammys show, many celebs in attendance had already headed for the limo lineup outside, including Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

But there were a couple of holdouts: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The Beatles stuck around until -- as they once sang -- The End.

-- Derrik Lang -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/derrikjlang

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WEDDING FEVER AT THE GRAMMYS

Couples exchanged rings in the aisle at the Grammy Awards as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their gay rights anthem "Same Love."

With Queen Latifah presiding from the stage and the music playing, 33 straight and gay couples lined the aisle dressed in wedding finery. Under Latifah's command, they exchanged rings near the end of Sunday night's show televised on CBS.

Joining Macklemore on the song were Mary Lambert, Trombone Shorty and Madonna, who wore an all-white cowboy suit and carried a cane.

Katy Perry caught a bouquet as the song ended and country star Keith Urban had tears in his eyes.

-- Beth Harris -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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STANDING URBA-TION: KEITH ON HIS FEET

Every time country crooner Keith Urban couldn't see a Grammy performance from his front row seat, he stood up and took a gander.

Urban was on his feet for several performers, including Lorde, Sara Bareilles and Carole King. He was also one of the very first celebs on his feet for "Same Love" and was in tears by the end, as was Katy Perry.

-- Derrik Lang -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/derrikjlang

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QUICKQUOTE: LORDE

"Thank you everyone who has let this song explode, because it's been mental." -- Lorde in her acceptance speech after winning the Grammy Award for song of the year for her hit "Royals."

--Anthony McCartney -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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OSBOURNE ADMITS HE MESSED UP RINGO INTRO

Ozzy Osbourne had a very simple explanation for his flub on stage, when he appeared to lose his place while reading the teleprompter introducing Ringo Starr. The incident caused Osbourne's Black Sabbath bandmates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi to crack up.

"I completely (expletive) it up," he told reporters backstage as the group talked about their best metal performance win for "God is Dead?"

-- Chris Talbott, Twitter, www.twitter.com/chris_talbott

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ABOUT THE WOMEN IN JAY-Z'S LIFE

The women in Jay-Z's life got some extra attention at the Grammy Awards.

The rapper performed "Drunk in Love" with wife Beyonce before winning best rap/sung collaboration for "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake.

Jay and Bey held hands during their performance and snuggled up in their seats as presenter Jamie Foxx talked about Beyonce, jokingly apologizing for staring at her backstage and noting at one point, "All the pregnant women are like, man, what do I need to do to get a body like that."

Jay-Z also gave a shout-out to daughter Blue Ivy from the stage as he turned his Grammy on its side, cone up: "I want to tell Blue that look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you."

-- Chris Talbott -- Twitter, www.twitter.com/chris_talbott___

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QUICKQUOTE: BRUNO MARS

"I want to dedicate this award to my mother. Ma, I know you're watching. I hope you're smiling. I love you." -- Bruno Mars, dedicating his best pop vocal album award to his mother who died last year.

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