Michelle Obama Makes a Surprise Grammys Appearance With a Message About the Importance of Music

Michelle Obama at Grammys

Former first lady Michelle Obama graced the Grammy’s stage with pop culture icons Sunday night to kick off the biggest music award show of the year.

Obama could hardly begin her message as the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles greeted the former first lady with the most enthusiastic applause.

“From the Motown records I wore out of 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, standing on stage with Grammy’s host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Picket-Smith.

“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,” she continued.

“Music shows us that all of it matters. Every story within every voice, every note within every song.”

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The former first lady took a moment to snap a picture with the four women.

“A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs,” Obama captioned the photo on Twitter. 

“She is one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!”

Obama shared her love of music throughout her time at the White House and ever since. In her last year as the first lady, Obama joined “The Late Late Show” host James Corden for a carpool karaoke where she sang her favorite songs from Beyonce to Stevie Wonder.

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This summer, she and former President Barack Obama were spotted rocking out at a Beyonce and Jay-Z concert.