Grammy Awards viewers were pleasantly surprised when Michelle Obama appeared on the stage. The former first lady delivered a message about music and women empowerment.
Mrs. Obama shared the stage with musical icons of today: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith and host Alicia Keys.
Dressed in a gorgeous sparkling pantsuit, America’s most loved woman said that music shows us that every story matters.
Each lady on the stage made a powerful statement about their own story.
"They told me I was weird ... And music told me not to listen to them." – Lady Gaga
"[Music] kept me moving from the block to the big stages and even bigger screens." – Jennifer Lopez
“Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected." – Jada Pinkett-Smith.
The empowering moment came as a way to recognize women in music, as there has been a growing belief that the gender is snubbed at award shows.
Last year the head of the Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, told women to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammy's night. The comment sparked outrage leading to Portnow having to step down after his contract expires.
The first lady and her fellow female entertainers, however, brought a new message last night – one of diversity and equality.
On a more local note, Briefly.co.za reported that Soweto Gospel Choir grabbed a 2019 Grammy Award for their recording Freedom. The choir is already a multiple-award winning group and is often making Mzansi proud.
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