After Alicia Keys opened the show, she welcomed friends, who she described as “magnificent goddesses” to the stage, including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and surprise guest — the former first lady.
Starting with Lady Gaga, each woman noted how much music means to them personally.
As soon as Obama, wearing a silver sequin suit, started to speak, the audience erupted, offering Obama a standing ovation and a prolonged applause before she could get her speech out.
“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 everybody here,” Obama said. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity 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 within every voice, every note within every song.”
The internet immediately started freaking out.
should’ve just gone ahead and ended the grammys after michelle obama’s cameo
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 11, 2019
We never deserved Michelle Obama 😭 pic.twitter.com/9RS7pIOGrK
— Shannon (@shae_dog) February 11, 2019
Michelle Obama: *two words*
— MG (@mkayyygrant) February 11, 2019
— Vinciane Ngomsi (@VincianeNgomsi) February 11, 2019
Queen Michelle Obama: *breathes*
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) February 11, 2019
— Stephanie Williams ✨⚡️ (@lovelyStep2) February 11, 2019
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!”
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