Now that is squad goals.
Alicia Keys had some powerful women by her side during the opening monologue of the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. After a few minutes solo, the host welcomed out some of “her sisters.” Those sisters were none other than Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michelle Obama.
“They said, I was weird,” began Gaga. “That my look, my choices, my sound, that 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 led me to all of you and my Little Monsters, who I love so much.”
Then stepped in Lopez, who said, “Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance…It reminds me where I come from but also reminds of all of the places I can go. Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free.”
Pinkett Smith followed by declaring, “We express our pain, power, and progress through music…Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected.”
But then it was the former first lady’s turn. She tried to jump right in, but the crowd wouldn’t let her, filling the room with cheers, which prompted her to crack, “We’ve got a show to do.”
Once the applause tempered down, she gave her contribution. “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 everyone here,” shared Obama. “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.”