Soon Alicia invited out Jada Pinkett-SMoith, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and former first lady Michelle Obama to help her double down on the inspiring message. As Michelle Obama spoke, the applause increased into thunderous applause and as the cameras spanned the crowd, there were many who stood with tears in their eyes. She smiled and eventually re-started her comments.
Obama mentioned "the Motown records I wore out" and songs that "fuelled me through this last decade" to point out that "music has always helped me tell my story". Mastering engineer Emily Lazar also made history, as the first woman to ever win a Grammy for best engineered album (non-classical) for Beck's Colors. "I would love to ensure the peace and the good energy in the room so that our shoulders can all drop and we can feel the true blessing of having music as a universal language".
Keys closed out the historic moment, telling the crowd, "Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other".
Jada Pinkett-Smith simply said, "We express our pain, power and progress through music.every voice we hear deserves to be honoured and respected", prompting an "Amen" from Michelle Obama.
As Obama and Keys shared an embrace, we loved that the two powerhouse ladies opted for trousers instead of dresses!
The music business will be partying ahead of the show at celebrations including the pre-Grammy gala hosted by the Recording Academy and Clive Davis, the Family Tree Entertainment music managers pre-Grammy brunch and the Music Is Universal artist showcase hosted by Lucian Grainge. Grammys host Alicia Keys exclaimed to the audience as the awards ceremony kicked off in Los Angeles. Mendes was also nominated for pop vocal album of the year for his self-titled third album, but Ariana Grande's Sweetener won that, leaving Mendes empty-handed for the evening.
The Fab Five better watch their backs.