Grammy & # 39; s 2019: Michelle Obama makes a surprise appearance alongside Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga

There was a surprise to start the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony, with former First Lady Michelle Obama and host Alicia Keys on stage.

The 55-year-old appeared alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith, when the four of them discussed the importance of music in their lives.

Michelle is said to have been a good friend of Alicia and the singer had been in the White House a few times while the Obama's were in power.

Alicia Keys is accompanied by Michelle Obama on stage

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, former first lady Michelle Obama and Jada Pinkett Smith

Michelle Obama was a surprise at the Grammy's

Alicia introduced the segment during the ceremony by saying: "Music is what we all love, music is what it's all about.

"Everyone is shining here and I am so proud to bring us together to honor this moment, because music is what we cry for, it is where we are marching, it is where we are going to rock, it is true we help with love.

"It is our shared global language."

Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak on stage at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center

Michelle Obama and Alicia Keys have a good friendship

Gaga and JLo shared their thoughts on this issue, followed by Jada, but the biggest reaction was given to Michelle, who expressed herself.

She said: "From the Motown records I beat on the South Side to the Who Run the World songs that have fueled me over the last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know this applies to everyone here.

The show opened with a female star and showed the importance of music

Michelle Obama had a compelling reception

Michelle continued: "Whether we love country or rap or rock, music helps us to share ourselves, our dignity and our sadness, our hope and joy.

"With this we can hear each other to invite each other.

"Music shows us that it matters – every story in every voice, every note within each song, is that right ladies?"

With their four on stage, Alicia referred to the Beyonce song when she said playfully: "Who run the world?"

It certainly helped to have friends in high places to ensure that the ceremony got a sensational start.

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