Michelle Obama steals the spotlight at 2019 Grammys

Tanya Cunningham
February 11, 2019

"(Director) Ryan Coogler, what can I say?"

The host added: "Music is what it's all about". Music is what we cry to, it's what we march to, it's what we rock to, it's what we make love to. "It's our shared global language". "Please, can I bring some of my sisters out here tonight?"

On Sunday, former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards, standing on the stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys. The women spoke about how music matters, how it connects and heals, and how it empowers.

An emotional Gaga said: "They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound - that it wouldn't work, but music told me not to listen to them".

"Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance from hip-hop to freestyle, pop, soul and salsa". "It reminds me of where I come from but it also reminds me of all the places I can go. Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free".

Smith celebrated music's ability to help artists and fans alike "express our pain, power and progress". "Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected".

This year's Grammy ceremonies got off to an explosive start when Camila Cabello delivered on the awards show's first performance with a rendition of her "Havana" hit, joined by Young Thug, J Balvin, and Ricky Martin before Alicia Keys would hit the stage to offer up her first words as the Grammys' host.

The Grammys are in even worse shape than the Oscars when it comes to figuring out ratings and appeal, and face a continued low-key boycott from music's biggest names on account of an ongoing problem with representation across nominations.

"Alright. We have a show to do".

"I know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things. but (expletive). this is wild and lovely. thank you so much", she tweeted after learning about her win. "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes, our joys".

Regrettably and unlike other award shows - Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, among others - the Grammys do not share a run of show before the telecast, nor is there much historic accounting that would allow us to put together a best-guess order of awards.

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