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Michelle Obama steals the show with surprise Grammys appearance

11 February 2019

Host US singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, former US First Lady Michelle Obama and US singer Jennifer Lopez speak on stage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.

One of the most powerful moments of the awards show happened when Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez spoke about the affect that music has had on their life.

The host said: "Can I bring some of my sisters out here?" and Michelle Obama came on stage along with J Lo, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Lady Gaga. The Recording Academy president's comments that female artists should "step up" also sparked ire and added fuel to the #GrammysSoMale hashtag. "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes, our joys". It allows us to hear one invite each other in.

Obama, meanwhile, said all she needed to onstage, telling ET afterward that she was just feeling "good". Musgraves performed the ballad "Rainbow" with muted grace to match her natural charisma, while Brandi Carlile (who won three awards early in the night but none during the telecast) positively crushed "The Joke". "Music shows us that all of it matters". "I got my hair cut because I look back at a picture from the Grammys and I said, 'That won't do". "Thank you so much for this gift I am completely shocked".

The public and press were unaware that the First Lady would attend the Grammys, especially since she's been busy with her book tour.

"I thought the #GRAMMYs were about music?" While he was nominated for song of the year for his single "In my Blood", that Grammy went to Childish Gambino for "This is America". She was generally well-received by viewers of the award show, and she held their attention even after the cameras were off. Keys dropped her new song as soon as the show was over, and it spread across other social media platforms.

Michelle Obama steals the show with surprise Grammys appearance