There are few people in the world more well-liked than former first lady Michelle Obama, and that was on full display at Sunday night’s airing of the 2019 Grammy Awards.
"Music helps us share ourselves, our dignities and sorrows, our hopes and joys."
— ABC News (@ABC) February 11, 2019
The first female host in 14 years, Alicia Keys, opened her monologue by saying that music is our “shared global language” and then invited her “sisters” to join her on the stage. Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Obama joined her on stage.
The former first lady said:
‘From the Motown records I wore 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 everyone here.’
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 11, 2019
Amidst thunderous applause, she continued by talking about the healing and unifying power of song, but only after finally having to break in on the applause to say “we have a show to do!” while thanking the crowd for their support.
‘Music helps us hear ourselves, our dignities and sorrows, our hopes and joys, it allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in, music shows us that all of it matters, every story, every note within every song.’
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 11, 2019
Eight years in the White House made Obama a leader in her own right, and she’s parlayed that leadership into a best-selling book, sold-out public appearances, and now a Grammy appearance that drew the crowd in and brought them to their feet in unison more than any music artist ever could have.
— CBS (@CBS) February 11, 2019
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