The 2019 Grammy Awards started with a bang Sunday night as powerhouse Alicia Keys brought out an iconic cast of women. Nobody thought former first lady Michelle Obama would be a part of that.
It was the first gag of the night when the brilliant woman took the stage along with fellow femme bosses Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga. Keys brought them out to share what music has done to them and their lives throughout the years.
She introduced the segment by saying a sweet preamble of what’s to come:
“Music is what we all love, music is what it’s all about. Everybody is out here shining and I’m so proud to bring us together to honor this moment because 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.”
Gaga opened the forum of wisdom by sharing her experiences:
“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.”
Lopez added that music gave her “a reason to dance” and brought her the success that she has today. She also said that it reminds her of the places where she had been and where she can go.
Pinkett Smith reminded the crowd that we use music as an expression of power, pain, and progress. And that no matter which voice is speaking, they should be honored.
Former first Lady Obama barely got a word before the whole audience erupted in applause. She paused for a few moments before dropping a few words of wisdom to her captive audience.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the 'Who Run the World' songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story. Music has always helped me tell my story... 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 one another in.”
Keys closed the historic moment in a powerful telling:
“Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other. All of us. [...]Who runs the world?”
The crowd breaks in a thunderous applause.
Watch the whole thing below!