Alicia Keys Just Showed The Grammys How Crazy Talented She Is

Sergio Cunningham
February 11, 2019

Grammy host Alicia Keys kicked off the show by inviting Obama, 55, along with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez, to share personal anecdotes about how music has changed their lives and empowered them as women.

Neil Portnow, the head of the Recording Academy, told women a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. Sure, his song "Daughters" was nice and very sing-along-y, but Keys had written her seminal song "If I Ain't Got You". "And it kept me moving from the block to big stages and even bigger screens", she said.

Folk singer Brandi Carlile, 37, was also among the early winners, taking two Grammys for her Americana music single The Joke and another for her album By the Way, I Forgive You.

Obama echoed their sentiments, telling the audience that every voice matters, especially when those voices invite others to share their stories.

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On Sunday, former First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards, standing on the stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys. You know those songs that live inside of you and live inside of me, and you just love it so much, because it was done so well that you wish you wrote it. Our dignity and sorrows, our hope and joy. "America's most popular woman just stole the #Grammys2019". "It allows us to hear one another".

Grammy organisers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.

"It has to begin with... women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level..." The brazen comment drew outrage and Portnow said he would step down when his contract expires this summer.

According to The Hill: "Ya'll didn't think I was coming out here by myself, did you?"

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