Michelle Obama gets raucous applause at 2019 Grammy Awards

Already a show with a strong lineup of female performers and nominees, the Grammys sprung a surprise by including Obama in an opening segment that also featured Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and host Alicia Keys talking about the power of music. Our dignity and sorrows, our hope and joy. Music shows us that all of it matters every story with every voice every note with every song.

After her appearance, Obama said on Twitter that "a big part of friendship is showing up for your girls - that's why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs". It allows us to hear each other and to invite each other in.

When it was Michelle's turn to speak, she was instantly drowned out by the crowd's cheers which went on so long she had to tell them to stop saying "alright, we've got a show to do".

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Grammys host Alicia Keys got a little help from some big names to help her open the show. While Gaga, Smith and Lopez were able to allude to their own experiences as entertainers to highlight how powerful music can be, Obama had to put a hold on her own remarks as she was met with roaring applause immediately after uttering her first words.

When the women spoke, they commanded full attention in the room, but the love and adoration for Michelle Obama was undeniable. But here's what I know: "every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected".

After hitting the stage, Obama took to Instagram to give a shoutout to Keys, who she called "one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know-there's no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!" "That really says it all". The other ladies too shared their thoughts about music. Considering that women, per Billboard, will have a larger presence at this year's Grammys ceremony after being "nearly muted" the prior year, Alicia is right.

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