Crowd loses it as Michelle Obama takes over Grammys

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Michelle said, "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes our joys".

Alicia Keys finished off the powerful moment by adding: "What is better than this?"

The show's host, Alicia Keys, welcomed the quartet of Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Obama onto the stage.

Alicia Keys kicked off the 61st annual Grammy Awards with some help of some very special guests - including Michelle Obama! "Music has always been the one place where we can all feel truly free".

Starting with Lady Gaga, each woman noted how much music means to them personally.

"Yes, ladies", Keys said.

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.

One of the biggest musical events of the year, Grammy Awards are live right now and numerous worldwide sensations from across the globe have made it to the event. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You", Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy", Musgraves' "Golden Hour", and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention. Speaking about the different genres of music, the women said that all styles need to be represented and respected. Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.

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Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance Sunday at the 2019 Grammys, shocking an elated crowd - who cheered so loudly she had to re-start her speech. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute. Ricky Martin, Dolly Parton, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Diana Ross will appeal to certain demographics, and Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Dua Lipa will hit others.