“Music is what we cry to, what we march to … what we make love to … It’s our shared global language,” said Alicia Keys, host of the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, during her opening remarks.
“And when you really want to say something, you say it with a song. Am I right?”
“This is a celebration.”
Then she proceeded to bring out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, former first lady Michelle Obama — you read that right — and Jennifer Lopez.
“Music led me to all of you … and to my little monsters, who I love so much,” said Lady Gaga.
Said Jennifer Lopez, “Music … reminds me where I came from … Music is the one place where we can all feel truly free.”
“We express our pain, power and progress through music, ” said Jada Pinkett Smith. “Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected.”
Said Michelle Obama, interrupted frequently by applause, “From the Motown Records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘who run the world’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story … Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity 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 … Is that right, ladies?”
.@MichelleObama makes a surprise appearance at the #GRAMMYs: “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves: our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in” https://t.co/pEHw6h7hdE pic.twitter.com/AE9y2PG6Wy
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 11, 2019
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story.” – @MichelleObama #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/dlCwXs1UaI
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) February 11, 2019
“Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other … through music,” said Keys.
The 15-time Grammy-winner is the show’s first female host in 14 years; this is the first year she’s ever hosted it.
At a press conference this past Thursday, Keys, 38, announced she wanted to make artists feel comfortable and not under stress during the show.
“You come to these things as an artist and you’re juggling so many things and …