LOS ANGELES: According to the sources, Michelle Obama stepped out hand in hand with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jennifer Lopez before the first few awards. The four joined Alicia to share positive messages of empowerment on stage.
“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,” she proudly told those watching.
She continued: “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, is that right ladies?”
This year, five of the eight nominees for Album of the Year are women: rapper Cardi B, folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile, pop futurist Janelle Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and country star Kacey Musgraves.
"Thank you so much, ladies, for your light, your message of love, your sisterhood," said Keys, the first woman to helm the show in 14 years.
"Give it up for these magnificent goddesses!" said Keys.