Amy Grant Faces Criticism For Hosting Niece's Wedding, Reveals She Struggled With Memory Loss

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Amy Grant has found herself in the crosshairs of harsh criticism this holiday season because she revealed in an interview with  Washington Post that she and her husband, Vince Gill, planned to host her niece’s wedding at their Franklin, Tennessee, home.

Grant, an icon in the Christian music industry, said it would be their first “bride and bride wedding.”

She’s completely supportive of her niece's sexuality.

“What a gift to our whole family, to just widen the experience of our whole family,” Grant told the Washington Post. “Honestly, from a faith perspective, I do always say, ‘Jesus, you just narrowed it down to two things: love God and love each other. I mean, hey — that’s pretty simple.”

Last year, Grant shared more support for the LGBT community when she spoke with Proud Radio.

“Who loves us more than the one who made us? … None of us are a surprise to God,” she said. “Nothing about who we are or what we’ve done. That’s why, to me, it’s so important to set a welcome table. Because I was invited to a table where someone said, ‘Don’t be afraid; you’re loved.’ … Gay. Straight. It does not matter.

“It doesn’t matter how we’re wired. We’re all our best selves when we believe to our core, ‘I’m loved.’ And then our creativity flourishes.”

Grant is likely thankful she feels well enough to host a wedding at all. A serious bicycle accident in July rendered her unconscious for 10 minutes and prompted a nearly week-long stay in the hospital. While there, she was treated for a concussion and a shoulder injury.

Memory issues tied to the accident still linger. She told the Washington Post that she doesn’t remember the wreck or the hospital stay and that her first hazy memory is of Gill and their friends and family gathering in their home. She had to cancel fall tour dates – although she was just able to complete her Christmas shows at Ryman Auditorium. And doctors advised her to limit screen time. While she could remember many things, some she couldn’t, and she started a journal called “Writing to Remember.”

“I was just trying to remember people’s, like my extended family, names,” she told the Washington Post. “Every conversation would start with ‘Are they dead or alive?’”

However, Grant sees the silver lining in her accident. It forced her to slow down for the first time in her adult life.

“The timing of this … it’s really given me the opportunity to look at the majority of my life,” Grant said. “And kind of, I don’t know — just wrap my arms around the whole thing. I mean, that’s a gift for anybody.”

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