Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.
"(Director) Ryan Coogler, what can I say?" That my look, my choices, my sound, that it wouldn't work.
"Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance", Lopez added. It reminds me where I come from but also reminds of all of the places I can go. "Music has always been the one place where we can all feel truly free".
Smith celebrated music's ability to help artists and fans alike "express our pain, power and progress". As Michelle Obama spoke, the applause increased into thunderous applause and as the cameras spanned the crowd, there were many who stood with tears in their eyes.
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"We have a show to do", Michelle said, before talking about how "the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the "Who Run The World" songs that fueled me through the last decade, music has always helped me tell my story...whether we like country, or rap, or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys".
Regrettably and unlike other award shows - Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, among others - the Grammys do not share a run of show before the telecast, nor is there much historic accounting that would allow us to put together a best-guess order of awards. "To invite one another in". But, Keys decided that she would need a little help to deliver on the message that would underscore Sunday's broadcast-the power of music.
Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness. "I want to be the one that really just continues to reach out to the people that I love and admire and my friends, and just be able to create an fantastic energy", she added.