Michelle Obama stuns crowd with surprise Grammys appearance

Michelle Obama stuns crowd with surprise Grammys appearance

Michelle Obama stuns crowd with surprise Grammys appearance

Michelle Obama took a break from her book tour for a quick stop at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

As soon as Obama, wearing a silver sequin suit, started to speak, the audience erupted, offering Obama a standing ovation and a prolonged applause before she could get her speech out.

She hailed the importance "particularly for women to have our seat at the table, to represent the fact that we are so here and so incredible and we are the creators of our music".

Gaga spoke first of the group, telling the crowd, "They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound, that it wouldn't work". "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes, our joys. I feel like we are truly part of a celebration, bringing the light, bringing the energy and continuing to make the statement that music is such an important part of all of our lives", she said in a press preview on February 7, according to Rolling Stone.

Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. "Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice and my soul and it led me to all of you and to my little monsters who I love so much".

"Just knowing that so many women are nominated this year, looking back from last year to this year when I was on the stage at the Grammys, you could see that I was frustrated about the opportunities and about our visibility as women", said Monae, who gave powerful speech last year ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights. It reminded me where I come from, but it also reminded me of all the places that I can go. "Music is the one place we can all feel truly free".

Pinkett-Smith added, "We express our pain, power, and progress through music, whether we're creating it or just appreciating it. Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected". "Music shows us that all of it matters".

Soon after, Lady Gaga would return to the stage to accept the night's first broadcasted prize for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow".

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