Los Angeles – Michelle Obama, the former U.S first lady, made a surprise appearance on stage at 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night at Staples Center together with four powerhouses; Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Alicia Keys, Grammy’s first-timer host started the night off on the right foot as she began paying her tribute to music. “Music is what we all love, music is what it’s all about,” she said. Everybody is out here shining, and I’m so proud to bring us together to honor this moment because music is what we cry too, 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.”
Then after her short monologue, the audience went screaming as she invited four women from all walks of life including Michelle Obama, with her on stage. These profound ladies talked about the impacts of music on their lives and how it changes them.
While the audience applauded on each of the celebrity’s remarks, Michelle, who looked dazzling on her gray wraparound jacket and pants, took the chance to also look back on how music helped her in many ways. “From the Motown records… I wrote 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 and I know that’s true for everybody here” expressed Obama after the fans encouraged her to speak.
She also added that music, regardless of its genre, helps people to share and communicate hidden feelings, stories of sorrows and joys that most can’t express verbally but only through the words of music.
Lady Gaga also shared her journey to stardom and how she faced challenges trying to be an unconventional artist in the conventional industry. “They said I was weird. That my look, my choices, my sound, that it would not work” she said. She also reminisced how music led her to the creation of little monsters, whom she loved so much.
Another remarkable star is Jenifer Lopez, who revealed that music gave her a reason to dance while growing up in the Bronx. “From hip-hop to freestyle, pop, soul, and salsa. And it kept me moving, and it kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens.”
While Jada Pinkett Smith discussed how music became a window to the different lives lived around the globe. “We expressed our pain, power and progress through our music whether we are creating it or just appreciating it,” she said. “But here’s to what I know: every choice we hear deserves to be honored and respected.”
Michelle, after her show-stopping appearance, took to Twitter to pay tribute for her friend Alicia Keys and shared a photo of herself with her co-presenters backstage.
Before the show proceeded to name the music awardees, the women left a message to the audience just to wrap the Grammys’ opening: music is the only better thing that can unify people.