Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama & J. Lo at the 2019 GRAMMYs
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, J. Lo & Jada Pinkett Smith Open The 2019 GRAMMYs
Host Alicia Keys shared the spotlight with former First Lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith, whose moving speeches celebrating inclusion, diversity and creativity had the audience on their feet before the music even started.
"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," Gaga stated.
"Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance," J. Lo continued. "It kept me moving from the block to the big stages and t even bigger screens. It reminds me where I came from, but also reminds me of all the places I can go."
"We express our pain, power and progress through music whether we're creating it or just appreciating it. But here's what I know; every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected," Pinkett Smith affirmed.
Understandably, the audience was feeling the uplifting energy and inspiring words of the women on stage. When Obama began to speak, she initially couldn't get more than four words out over the deafening cheers of encouragement.
"Who runs the world?" Keys asked, eliciting more cheers.
This past year, at the 2020 GRAMMYs, the Mother Monster earned two more golden gramophones, including for the film's soundtrack. Obama earned her first-ever win, for Best Spoken Word Album for her memoir, "Becoming." Keys also returned as to host, bringing more of her positive energy and golden-voiced wisdom to the stage.