The 61st Annual Grammy Awards opened with some serious girl power. Not only did Camilla Cabello kick off the show with a dynamic set, but Grammy host Alicia Keys added a little star power of her own.
After introducing the show, Alicia teased the crowd with bringing a few of her sisters to join her on stage.
“I’m so proud to bring us together to honor this moment. Because music is what we cry to, it’s what we march to, it’s what we rock to, it’s what we make love to. It’s our shared global language and when you really want to say something, you say it with a song,” Alicia said. “Let’s just be honest, this is a celebration and you all didn’t think I was coming out here by myself did you? Please, Can I bring some of my sisters out here tonight.”
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The surprise of the night was when Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez joined Alicia for the star-studded girl power opening.
The ladies each took a turn speaking about honoring music and what it means to them.
“Music gave me a reason to dance from hip-hop to freestyle pop, soul and salsa, and it kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens,” JLo said. “It reminds me of where I come from but it also reminds me of all the places that I can go. Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free.”
But it was the First Lady who got the biggest applause when she took her turn at the mic.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the south side,” Michelle said before the crowd erupted into applause. “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. 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.”
Females dominated award show throughout with epic performances from Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves, to name a few.
“Who runs the world?, Alicia closed the monologue with. The answer is… girls.