- Grammys host Alicia Keys brought out Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jennifer Lopez to kick off the show on Sunday night.
- Each of the women gave a mini speech on what music means to them.
- When it was Michelle Obama’s turn, the whole room erupted in applause and gave her a standing ovation.
Michelle Obama brought down the house within the first few minutes of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
After Camila Cabello and Ricky Martin’s opening performance, the evening’s host Alicia Keys greeted the audience and then brought out a set of very special guests. Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez all entered to resounding applause.
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One by one, the women spoke about how music had changed their lives. When it came time for Michelle Obama’s turn, the star-studded audience erupted into screaming cheers. She had to wait out the enthusiasm before she could get a full sentence in.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fuelled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said. “And I know that’s true for everybody here.”
“Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves,” Obama continued. “Our dignities and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters: Every story within every voice, every note within every song.”
She ended her mini speech by turning to the woman on stage with her, and saying “Is that right ladies?”
The crowd cheered again as the women embraced each other before leaving the stage. Just minutes later, Lady Gaga returned to the stage when she won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance.
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