Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, & More Share Powerful Grammys Moment

Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, & More Share Powerful Grammys Moment

One of the moments from Grammy's 2019 was when Alicia Keys, the host, introduced "my sisters": Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez.

To open the 61st Grammy Awards, host Alicia Keys emphasized again how the night would be a long celebration of musicianship and artistry, and she was certainly right about that.

While one can argue Obama's words were not divisive, her appearance at the music and entertainment awards show was quite a political statement.

Obama wanted to come to the Grammys to promote unity and felt that this speech was a great way to do it. She and her husband, former US President Barack Obama, signed deals for a book apiece with Penguin Random House a month after Obama left office in January 2017. Mastering engineer Emily Lazar also made history, as the first woman to ever win a Grammy for best engineered album (non-classical) for Beck's Colors. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song.

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It was clear right away that she was trying to create a totally different vibe than most awards shows. "You just wanna hold me, and that's OK".

Pinkett Smith followed by declaring, "We express our pain, power, and progress through music..." Sure, his song "Daughters" was nice and very sing-along-y, but Keys had written her seminal song "If I Ain't Got You".

Reacting to this development, many social media users heaped praise on Michelle, with some wondering whether she might run for president in 2020. "Music has always helped me tell that story", Obama said. Obama added, looking around at the female artists flanking her. The organization awards approximately 70 winners during the show's Premiere Ceremony at 1 p.m., which features categories such as producer of the year, best metal performance, best rap performance and best country song.

She won four Grammys in 2004, two in 2007 and Best R&B Album in 2013 for "Girl on Fire".

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