This year's Grammy ceremonies got off to an explosive start when Camila Cabello delivered on the awards show's first performance with a rendition of her "Havana" hit, joined by Young Thug, J Balvin, and Ricky Martin before Alicia Keys would hit the stage to offer up her first words as the Grammys' host.
"Do you feel that love in the building? But music told me not to listen to them", Lady Gaga said to the cheering crowd. "I would love to ensure the peace and the good energy in the room so that our shoulders can all drop and we can feel the true blessing of having music as a universal language".
Then stepped in Lopez, who said, "Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance..." It reminded me where I come from, but it also reminded me of all the places that I can go. "Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes, our joys".
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Pinkett Smith reminded the crowd that we "express our pain, power and progress through music".
Pinkett Smith quipped, "Every voice we hear deserves to be heard and respected".
She continued, "It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in".
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Luckily, music lovers can watch the show online or on TV. Music shows us that all of it matters every story with every voice every note with every song.
But controversy was threatening the gala before it even began, with a number of superstars declining to take part in the show's glitzy concert portion.
"Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other, all of us, through music", Keys said. The call for unity through music was a powerful statement, one that was topped when Alicia, at the end of the opening, had one thing to ask: "who runs the world?" Thank you so much ladies for your light, your message, your love, your sisterhood. "Give it up for these magnificent goddesses".
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She vowed this year's performances would be the "sickest" yet and feature of-the-moment stars like Lady Gaga and Cardi B as well as icons like country legend Dolly Parton and disco icon Diana Ross, who will take the stage for a Motown tribute.