Editor’s note: Still high off her Grammy nomination, queer music icon Mary Lambert sat down with our Chris Azzopardi to discuss the group wedding, her new EP and what it’s like having Madonna dry your tears.
“I’m not crying on Sundays,” Mary Lambert assures herself on the song that got her to the Grammys. But Sunday, Jan. 26, was different. That Sunday was better.
Singing the heart-lifting chorus to Macklemore’s “Same Love,” which was nominated for best song, Lambert made her Grammy debut.
That’s when she lost it. But these weren’t tears of sadness or shame. These were tears of joy. Tears of being inspired and moved and all those things you feel when you share the stage with gay couples who are finally able to get married, a monumental celebration that took place at the awards show, with Queen Latifah officiating.
Emotions ran high that night, but Lambert, 24, had a new friend nearby — a new friend by the name of Madonna. And the icon didn’t just sing Lambert’s words, but, like something out of a fever dream, swooped in and wiped away her tears.
Lambert, who recently released her own solo EP called Welcome to the Age of My Body, was still emotional when she spoke about that unforgettable night.
Dallas Voice: You must be pinching yourself. What was your Grammy experience like? Lambert: It was really emotional from start to finish. I already feel like Cinderella because I was bartending last year and didn’t know how I was gonna pay rent. Now I’ve been nominated for a Grammy — and I took my mom, which was a dream of mine — but then to be able to do this song, and to do it on this magnitude with this beautiful choir and fucking Madonna and Queen Latifah, are you kidding me? It’s just stupid, dude. If I really think about it, I lose it.
You cry? Yeah, like, “I don’t deserve this.” I’m still working on my positive self-talk.
What was it like being part of the wedding ceremony? Honestly, that was the most emotional part. Being in rehearsal and hearing Madonna sing my words and hearing the choir come in, that was emotional, but being in the dress rehearsal at the Grammys and watching the couples come in, I couldn’t get through the song for almost every rehearsal. I wasn’t sure how I was gonna perform because it was so beautiful. You saw on their faces how much it meant to them, and I knew how much it would mean to the viewer. How do you process that? It’s the most beautiful thing that exists in the world.
What were rehearsals with Madonna like? We had long rehearsals. I wouldn’t say we’re close, but we got to know each other’s mannerisms and how we operate. I consider her a friend. She was very kind to me, and because we had to work together, I had to be like, “Hey, this is how I sing the song.”