Michelle Obama stuns crowd with surprise Grammys appearance

Rihanna during the arrivals at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Award

"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".

Pinkett-Smith added, "We express our pain, power, and progress through music, whether we're creating it or just appreciating it".

Obama then appeared hand-in-hand onstage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez.

Alicia Keys had some powerful women by her side during the opening monologue of the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. "But music told me not to listen to them", Lady Gaga said to the cheering crowd.

Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Kacey Musgraves won multiple Grammys in the show's pre-telecast Sunday, a year after women were nearly muted at the 2018 awards show.

"Yes, ladies", Keys said. She is one of the most loved personalities across the globe and her book was also among the best sellers. Speaking about the different genres of music, the women said that all styles need to be represented and respected.

Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

The Grammys are in even worse shape than the Oscars when it comes to figuring out ratings and appeal, and face a continued low-key boycott from music's biggest names on account of an ongoing problem with representation across nominations.

Other performers on the broadcast will include Gaga, Morris, Musgraves, Mendes, Carlile, Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Katy Perry, Mark Ronson, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Post Malone, Janelle Monáe, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chloe x Halle, Travis Scott and Diana Ross. Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.

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