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The 2019 Grammy Awards started off with a bang Sunday night.

"Music helps us share our selves-our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys", she continued.

"There's a sense of community that I want to bring to the stage", Alicia Keys told Billboard ahead of her hosting duties.

Camila Cabello kicked off the show with a performance featuring J Balvin, Ricky Martin and Young Thug.

After Alicia Keys opened the show, she welcomed friends, who she described as "magnificent goddesses" to the stage, including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith and surprise guest - the former first lady.

After several moments of clapping and shrieking from the starry audience, the former first lady finally calmed the crowd by saying, with a laugh, "We have a show to do". Music shows us that all of it matters, every story within every voice, every note within every song. "Music has always been the one place where we can all feel truly free".

An emotional Gaga said: "They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound - that it wouldn't work, but music told me not to listen to them".

"Is that right, ladies?" she said to resounding applause. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You", Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy", Musgraves' "Golden Hour", and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention. "Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected".

"Tonight we celebrate the greatness in each other, all of us, through music", Keys said. "All of us", later adding, "Who runs the world?" Thank you so much ladies for your light, your message, your love, your sisterhood. "Celebrating so many wonderful nominees, particularly women nominees ... is so incredibly magnificent and so many are my friends", said Alicia.

If you ask Alicia Keys, 38, to host your awards show, she's going to kick off the show in an fantastic way.


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