Grammy host Alicia Keys kicked off the show by inviting Obama, 55, along with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez, to share personal anecdotes about how music has changed their lives and empowered them as women. As Michelle Obama spoke, the applause increased into thunderous applause and as the cameras spanned the crowd, there were many who stood with tears in their eyes. "I would love to ensure the peace and the good energy in the room so that our shoulders can all drop and we can feel the true blessing of having music as a universal language". By using the network's streaming service CBS All-Access, users can sign in and gain access to the show or sign up for a free one week trial to watch the event.
If, somehow, the Grammys leak a run of show, we'll be sure to update this post. "Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice and my soul and it led me to all of you and to my little monsters who I love so much".
Then stepped in Lopez, who said, "Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance..."More news: The hearings begin: Acting AG Whitaker clashes with House Judiciary Democrats
"It reminds me of where I come from but it also reminds me of all the places I can go", she continued.
Jada Pinkett-Smith simply said, "We express our pain, power and progress through music.every voice we hear deserves to be honoured and respected", prompting an "Amen" from Michelle Obama. "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves share ourselves: Our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys".
Keys closed out the historic moment, telling the crowd, "Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other". The singer is pictured attending the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Red Carpet Roll Out and Preview Day on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles.