Alicia Keys kicked off her debut Grammys hosting gig with a sweet surprise from some of her “sisters.” Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez strutted onto the 2019 Grammy Awards stage on Feb. 10, holding hands and the crowd screamed in excitement at the sight of the fabulous foursome.
All four of the famous women gave empowering statements, with Gaga speaking first after Keys encouraged her saying, “Tell ‘em what it is Gaga!”
The “Shallow” songstress looked at the audience and channeled her New York native swagger as she said, “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 …”
Lopez spoke next, noting “back in The Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance, from hip-hop to freestyle, pop, soul and salsa and it kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens …” She added, “Music is the one place we can all feel truly free …”
Pinkett-Smith was next, reminding the audience “We express our pain, power and progress through music, whether we’re creating it or just appreciating it …”
When Michelle Obama began to speak, the audience broke out in loud, extended thunderous applause. The Former First Lady, who took a break from her book tour to make her surprise appearance, regarded the attention humbly and reminded the audience they had a show to do. In her speech, she reflected on the Motown records she “wore out” and issued a poignant reminder of music’s power in our lives saying, “Music helps us share ourselves: our dignities, our sorrows, our hopes, our joys... Music shows us that all of it matters. Every story within every voice, every note within every song.”
Along with Keys, these five women have collectively inspired millions of people all over the world with their positive messages of self-love, kindness, and compassion for our fellow people everywhere. It was truly a sight and a speech to behold.
Overall, the female kickoff set the tone for a night and a ceremony that would be dominated by explosive female performances from Camila Cabello’s opener to the Dolly Parton MusiCares tribute and female victories like Lady Gaga’s three Grammy wins, and Kacey Musgraves’ Album of the Year surprise win. Alicia Keys also did an incredible job for hosting her first-ever Grammys.
Listen to the ladies’ entire 2019 Grammys opening speech in the video embedded above.