Oscars take note; lose some of the cheezy dance numbers or comedy routines and book a surprise guest. That’s what the Grammys did Sunday night when the curtain rose on Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, host Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and … former first lady Michelle Obama.
Calling them ‘sisters,’ Keys spoke about how music unites us, a message echoed by Obama, stunning in a silver pantsuit, who you could hardly hear over the cheers.
“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,” she said. “Music has always helped me tell my story and I know that’s true for everybody. Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys,” she 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. Is that right, ladies?
“ “Music helps us share ourselves,” Obama said. “It allows us to hear one another.”
“Who runs the world?” asked Alicia Keys to a delighted audience. I think we all know the answer to that one.