While each took their turn to talk about how music changed their respective life for the better, once Michelle took the mic...whoa. Music is so powerful.
"This is how I start most of my mornings off - in grounding and gratitude and asking for clarity", Keys wrote on Instagram alongside a contemplative snapshot of herself in a white hoodie.
"Music is what we all love, music is what it's all about". "That really says it all".
"I know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things. but (expletive). this is wild and attractive. thank you so much", she tweeted after learning about her win. "And it kept me moving from the block to the big stages and to even bigger screens", Lopez said. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You", Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy", Musgraves' "Golden Hour", and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention. "Music has always been the one place we can feel truly free".
Pinkett Smith reminded the crowd that we "express our pain, power and progress through music". But here's what I know: "every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected".
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"Alright. We have a show to do".
"From the Motown records I wore out on the south side", Obama said, as the audience erupted. And I know that's true for everybody here.
Michelle said, "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes our joys". "Music shows us that all of us matters".
"Is that right, ladies?" she said to resounding applause.
After Obama's remarks, Keys began the show. "All of us", later adding, "Who runs the world?"
"Thank you so much".