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How the Michelle Obama GRAMMYs Surprise All Came Together

11 February 2019

While accepting an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shallow", Lady Gaga said she hoped the takeaway people had from A Star Is Born was how it featured someone recognizing a loved one in need.

The audience could not contain their excitement as their thunderous applause interrupted her but she was happy to wait and restart her speech. Swizz, meanwhile, wore a matching black and red suit that perfectly matched his leading lady's ensemble. "If you see someone that's hurting don't look away". It allows us to hear each other and to invite each other in. Every story within every voice.

Already a show with a strong lineup of female performers and nominees, the Grammys sprung another surprise by including former US first lady Michelle Obama in an opening that also featured Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and host Alicia Keys talking about the power of music.

But then it was the former first lady's turn. She tried to jump right in, but the crowd wouldn't let her, filling the room with cheers, which prompted her to crack, "We've got a show to do".

Folk singer Brandi Carlile, 37, was also among the early winners, taking two Grammys for her Americana music single The Joke and another for her album By the Way, I Forgive You.

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Speaking about the power of music to unite people, Michelle continued: "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves and shows us that all of it matters". Parton joined Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Cyrus and Little Big Town for a medley of her hits, culminating in a performance of "9 to 5" that got the Grammys crowd on their feet and singing along. "Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other, all of us, through music".

John Mayer joining Alicia Keys to reunite their Grammy. The Recording Academy president's comments that female artists should "step up" also sparked ire and added fuel to the #GrammysSoMale hashtag. It was an opening so unlike anything you might have expected, and yet she did exactly what she expected to do.

Alicia Keys wasn't lying when she told everyone she had them, and she had the home audience in the palm of her hands, too.

In her first time as host, Keys earned largely positive reviews from the internet reviewers of social media.

How the Michelle Obama GRAMMYs Surprise All Came Together