Michelle Obama made a surprise look on the Grammys phase Sunday to provide a message about music and females’s empowerment along with super stars Girl Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, host Alicia Keys and starlet Jada Pinkett-Smith.
LOS ANGELES, CA– FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez speak onstage throughout the 61 st Yearly GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy/AFP.
” Music reveals us that all of it matters– every story within every voice, every note within every tune,” stated the previous very first woman, looking glam in a gleaming gunmetal pantsuit with a 1970 s-esque wrap coat.
” Is that right, girls?” she stated to definite applause.
The Recording Academy behind the awards gala has actually dealt with a barrage of criticism for not accepting variety within its ranks, after almost silencing females candidates at the program in 2015.
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This year, 5 of the 8 candidates for Album of the Year are females: rap artist Cardi B, folk-rock vocalist Brandi Carlile, pop futurist Janelle Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and nation star Kacey Musgraves.
At the start of the sector, Girl Gaga– a triple winner up until now on the night– stated: “They informed me I was strange … And music informed me not to listen to them.”.
Lopez– who has actually parlayed her effective music profession into acting– stated that music “kept me moving from the block to the huge phases and even larger screens.”.
Pinkett-Smith included: “Every voice we hear should have to be honored and appreciated.”.
And Obama included: “Whether we like nation or rap or rock, music assists us share ourselves, our self-respect and sadness, our hopes and happiness. It permits us to hear one another, to welcome each other in.”.
Obama rapidly began trending on Twitter.
The minute came at the start of a program showcasing the female skill in the music company, one year after females were mainly snubbed in the significant classifications.
Neil Portnow, the head of the Recording Academy, informed females in 2015 to “step up” if they wished to do much better on Grammys night.
The brazen remark drew outrage and Portnow stated he would step down when his agreement ends this summertime.
On Sunday, the message was apparent– among variety.
” Thank you a lot, girls, for your light, your message of love, your sisterhood,” stated Keys, the very first female to helm the program in 14 years.
” Offer it up for these splendid goddesses!” stated Keys.