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Grammys 2019: Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, J. Lo Join Alicia Keys to Open Show

Pitchfork logo Pitchfork 2/11/2019 Braudie Blais-Billie
a group of people posing for the camera: Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez © Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for... Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez

Tonight at the 2019 Grammy Awards, Alicia Keys opened the ceremony as the night’s host and brought out some special guests for the opening monologue: Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett Smith, each of whom took the microphone to share what music means to them.

“From the Motown records I wore out on the south side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that have fueled me for this past decade, music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said. “Music helps us share ourselves: our dignities, our sorrows, our hopes, our joys... Music shows us that all of it matters. Every story within every voice, every note within every song.”

The night is slated to feature performances from Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more.

 

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