Alicia Keys kicked off the 2019 Grammys with an inspiring testomony to the uniting energy of music, however not with out the assistance of a few of her soul sisters.
After telling these within the viewers and watching at dwelling that music is our shared international language as a result of it's "what we cry to, it's what we march to, it's what we rock to, it's what we make like to," Keys introduced out Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and -- in a shock transfer that immediately had the Staples Center erupting in cheers -- former first woman Michelle Obama to assist her end her message.
Each gal defined what music means to them, with Gaga -- who was already a two-time winner for the night time earlier than the primary award was even handed out on the printed -- going first. "They mentioned I used to be bizarre. That my look, my decisions, my sound, that it wouldn't work. But music instructed me to not hearken to them. Music took my ears, took my palms, my voice and my soul, and it led me to all of you and to my Little Monsters, who I like a lot."
JLo was subsequent, expressing that music gave her a purpose to bop, but in addition reminds her the place she got here from and all of the locations I can go. Perhaps most significantly, although, "music has all the time been the one place the place we are able to all really feel really free."
Jada Pinkett Smith added that music is the best way to precise ache, energy and progress, whether or not we're creating or appreciating it. "But right here's what I do know," she declared, "each voice that we hear deserves to be honored and revered."
Last however definitely not least was Michelle Obama, who acquired the loudest response from the group. "From the Mo-Town data I wore out on the South Side, to the 'who run the world' songs that fueled me by way of this final decade, music has all the time helped me inform my story, and I do know that's true for everyone right here," she mentioned. "Whether we like nation, rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It permits us to listen to each other, to ask one another in. Music exhibits us that each one of it issues -- each story inside each voice, each notice inside each tune."
Grinning from ear to ear, Keys capped off the empowering opening with a ultimate message of what music's greatest night time is all about this yr. "Tonight we have fun the greatness in one another, all of us, by way of music," she mentioned, including an exclamation level to the female-dominated intro. "Who runs the world?"
Watch a clip of Alicia's girl-powered monologue under.