Same Love ... Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, Ryan Lewis and Queen Latifah after the performance. Photo: AFP
Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich has rejected criticisms that CBS's broadcast deliberately avoided showing same-sex couples kissing during the awards' mass marriage ceremony.
While the 56th Annual Grammy Awards had their second biggest ratings in more than 20 years, some viewers noted that the broadcaster did not show homosexual couples sealing their vows with a kiss, as Queen Latifah looked on as celebrant.
Instead the cameras appeared trained on Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna's performance of Same Love, with only brief glimpses of the 33 homosexual and straight couples who wed.
Members of the audience exchange vows during Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna's performance of the song "Same Love". Photo: AFP
Ehrlich said he wasn't aware that the broadcaster didn't televise same-sex couples kissing.
"I thought we did, but I could be wrong. I know I saw hand-holding and embraces. We didn't discourage it," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
CBS's senior-vice president of communications, Phil Gonzales, also denied the allegations in a statement to Buzzfeed.
"It was a groundbreaking and inclusive moment on television and for all who were in the room last night," Gonzales said.
When asked if there was any decision was made in the control room not include same-sex kisses, he replied simply with: "No, there wasn't."
The Grammys were also heavily criticised on Twitter by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor over his closing performance of My God Is the Sun with Josh Homme, Lindsey Buckingham and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl.
The show's credits rolled over their final performance, before the cutting the broadcast mid-song on Sunday night (Monday Australian time).
Reznor tweeted: "Music's biggest night . . . to be disrespected. A heartfelt F--- YOU guys."
Ehrlich said he was "sorry that [Reznor] was upset", but blamed the show's tight schedule for the cut; the show had run overtime by about 15 minutes.
"I want to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we'd take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within [1.20 minutes] of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get," he said.
Seriously 33 couples got married during the Grammys and no one was shown kissing. C'mon— Alexander Harris (@A_Harris1) January 27, 2014
Don't get me wrong, the whole gay marriage things on the Grammys was great and all, but no kissing?— Marco Vazquez (@danzmuzik) January 27, 2014