Michelle Obama steals the spotlight at 2019 Grammys

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"Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected", Pinkett-Smith said.

She then spoke about the power of music: "From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the 'Who Run the World?' song that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story".

"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 handsome. thank you so much", she tweeted after learning about her win.

"Music shows us that all of it matters - every story within every voice, every note within every song", said the former first lady, looking glam in a sparkling gunmetal pantsuit with a 1970s-esque wrap jacket.

Keys delivered a somewhat rambling speech about music being our "global language", telling the crowd, "Music is what we all love".

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It's billed at the music industry's biggest night, but the 61st annual Grammys on Sunday are also a showcase for the latest in celebrity attire.

"Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance", Lopez added.

When it was Michelle's turn to speak, she was instantly drowned out by the crowd's cheers which went on so long she had to tell them to stop saying "alright, we've got a show to do".

"Is that right, ladies?" she said to resounding applause.

After Obama's remarks, Keys began the show. The call for unity through music was a powerful statement, one that was topped when Alicia, at the end of the opening, had one thing to ask: "who runs the world?" Thank you so much ladies for your light, your message, your love, your sisterhood. The singer is pictured attending the 61st Annual Grammy Awards Red Carpet Roll Out and Preview Day on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles.

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