Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the 2019 Grammys on Sunday night.
After Alicia Keys opened the show, she welcomed friends, who she described as “magnificent goddesses” to the stage, including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and surprise guest — the former first lady.
Starting with Lady Gaga, each woman noted how much music means to them personally.
As soon as Obama, wearing a silver sequin suit, started to speak, the audience erupted, offering Obama a standing ovation and a prolonged applause before she could get her speech out.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that’s true for everybody here,” Obama said. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, 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. Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song.”
The internet immediately started freaking out.
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For me, a big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—whether that’s for a birthday, a quick catch-up after work, or a major milestone. So I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!