Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michelle
Obama joined Keys on stage during the opening minutes for an ode to
music and sisterhood.
Obama, who got a rousing applause from the crowd, so much so
that she had to pause saying her lines and restart once it calmed,
said music "fueled" her through the last decade.
"Music helps us share ourselves -- our dignity and sorrows, our
hopes and joys," Obama said. "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."
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The Grammys this year expanded the major categories of album of
the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist
from five nominees to eight, some say in response to the lack of
diversity among nominees in previous years.
As for performances, Camila Cabello, along with J Balvin, Ricky
Martin, and Arturo Sandoval opened the show with "Havana."
Other performers included Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Shawn Mendes with Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, and Travis
tribute to the music of Dolly Parton stood out as one of the
most joyful moments of the show. Parton joined Katy Perry, Kacey
Musgraves, Maren Morris, Cyrus and Little Big Town for a medley of
her hits, culminating in a performance of "9 to 5" that got the
Grammys crowd on their feet and singing along.
Diana Ross, who used her performance to mark her 75th birthday,
also got the crowd up with hands in the air.
A true diva, Ross owned the room and concluded her moment with
an enthusiastic declaration: "Happy birthday to me!"
Diana Ross at the Grammys
Despite featuring an appearance from Smokey Robinson, Jennifer
Lopez's tribute to Motown failed to satisfy some critics who had
expressed dissatisfaction with her performance since it was
announced. (For the record, Robinson
called the backlash "stupid" in an interview with Variety.)