Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE made a surprise appearance at Sunday's 61st annual Grammy Awards to tout the power of music alongside a slew of female A-listers.
“Ya’ll didn’t think I was coming out here by myself, did you?” Grammys host Alicia Keys exclaimed to the audience as the awards ceremony kicked off in Los Angeles. “Please, can I bring some of my sisters out here tonight?”
Obama then appeared hand-in-hand onstage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez.
“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,” Obama, who grew up in Chicago, said as the audience stood before her.
“Whether we like country, or rap, or rock — music helps us share ourselves,” Obama, 55, told the crowd.
“Our dignity, and our sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another. To invite each other in,” Obama continued.
“Music shows us that all of it matters — every story within every voice. Every note within every song,” the author — who’s been on a promotional tour for her bestselling memoir, “Becoming” — said.
“Is that right, ladies?” Obama said to applause.
“What is better than this?” asked Keys. “Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other, all of us, through music,” Keys said.
Obama has teamed up with major music stars before. In 2016, several performers, including Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliot, Kelly Rowland, and Lea Michele participated in a song, “This is for my Girls,” to promote Obama’s girls education initiative.
In 2015, the former first lady rapped as part of a song encouraging students to go to college.