Michelle Obama Tells Why She Showed Up at the Grammys: “I Was There For Alicia Keys”

Last night, Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance during Alicia Keys’ opening monologue at the Grammys.

The singer brought out her friends-Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, J. Lo, and also the one and only Michelle Obama, reminding us all the power in the community of women.

“They said I was weird,” Lady Gaga started by saying. “That my look, my choices, my sound, it wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them. Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice, and my soul and it lead me to all of you and to my little monsters who I love so much.”

J. Lo added, “Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance… and it kept me moving from the block to the stage to the even bigger screens… Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free.”

“Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected,” Jada added.

And then Michelle got the mic, and said, “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… Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity, our 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?”

And writing on her Instagram, she added, “For me, a big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—whether that’s for a birthday, a quick catch-up after work, or a major milestone. So I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!”

See the video below:

And also Obama’s post on Instagram:

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