Natalie Grant left the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night after a mass gay wedding was held during a performance, but the Christian singer said she prefers to hold her tongue on exactly what prompted her to leave.
The Grammy nominated singer ended up leaving the event early, not long after 33 homosexual and heterosexual couples were married during a performance of the pro-gay anthem “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. But in a response to criticism on her Facebook page, Grant said she never gave a reason why she left and doesn’t judge anyone else on their lifestyle.
“Most of you have always been so supportive and encouraging to me & I’m grateful,” she wrote in a message to her followers. “It does sadden me when people argue, judge and hurl insults at each other from both sides of the fence.”
Grant added: “I NEVER said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early.”
During the segment, Queen Latifah presided over and officiated the mass wedding, who said: “Music has the power to bring people together at the Grammy’s. This song is a love song not for some of us but all of us!”
Organizers kept details of the mass gay wedding secret from the public and even other Grammy participants, anticipating the controversy it would cause.
Natalie Grant has no interest in the controversy, however.
“I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God,” she wrote. “I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12)”
Natalie Grant added that she was honored to be nominated for two Grammy Awards, and that the awards “continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world.”