Former First Lady Michelle Obama made quite the splash at the 2019 GRAMMYs with a surprise appearance onstage to celebrate the unifying power of music.
Joining Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Obama stole the show in a stunning silver suit. Once introduced by GRAMMYs host Alicia Keys, Obama brought the audience to a standing ovation.
Following Gaga and Jennifer Lopez’s comments about how music helped shape their identity, Obama took her turn to share her own personal story.
“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, and I know that’s true for everybody here,” she said.
“Whether we like Country or Rap or Rock, music helps us share ourselves. Our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. 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.”
Her surprise appearance was all to support GRAMMYs host, Alicia Keys, who is a friend of Obama’s, according to People Magazine.
“It’s a nice friendship that they have,” a source told PEOPLE. “Mrs. Obama just wanted to be supportive of Alicia.”
The surprise appearance was certainly a great way for Keys to kick off her hosting gig, who noted that music is a celebration of “all of us.”
“What is better than this? There’s nothing better than this,” Keys said. “Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other, all of us, through music.”
Check out the clip below: