Grammys 2019: Michelle Obama makes surprise appearance as women take centre stage

Grammys 2019: Michelle Obama makes surprise appearance as women take centre stage

Grammys 2019: Michelle Obama makes surprise appearance as women take centre stage

The surprise was welcomed and praised by many.

The public and press were unaware that the First Lady would attend the Grammys, especially since she's been busy with her book tour. While each took their turn to talk about how music changed their respective life for the better, once Michelle took the mic...whoa.

Alicia Keys, former Grammy victor and coach on NBC's "The Voice". The cheers from the crowd were deafening.

"From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the "Who Run the World" songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story", Obama said. "Please, can I bring some of my sisters out here tonight?" "All of us", later adding, "Who runs the world?" "So many times you come to these things as an artist and you're juggling so many things and there's so much pressure on you". Music is so powerful.

"We're all very excited, and the energy you're going to feel is far different than anything you've ever felt", she said.

"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 lovely. thank you so much", she tweeted after learning about her win. Considering that women, per Billboard, will have a larger presence at this year's Grammys ceremony after being "nearly muted" the prior year, Alicia is right.

The film's chart-topping soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, is up for album of the year, and the single All the Stars, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, is nominated for record of the year, song of the year, best rap/sung performance and best song written for visual media.

Additionally, J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval will join Cabello for the show's opening, while Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day will pay homage to the late Aretha Franklin. "And I feel so blessed to be able to be coming now, just in support of so many incredible people that are honored - especially so many women that are [going to be] honored - and are gonna be celebrated that night", she shared.

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