At the Grammys, Messages of wish Prevail

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Messages of inspiration in addition to wish prevailed at a colorful in addition to uplifting Grammy Awards on Sunday, defying expectations in which the event would certainly be drab. The stars also all nevertheless steered clear of any political messages.

The host, Alicia Keys, set the positive tone by telling personal stories in addition to speaking often of peace in addition to love. in addition to she lead the event with an all-star moment of female solidarity, which included a surprise appearance by Michelle Obama, who said in which music “has always helped me tell my story,” in addition to “allows us to hear one another, to invite each additional in.”

[Here’s the full list of Grammys winners.]

Obama wasn’t the only unexpected attendee having a message of empowerment. Drake, one of the most nominated artists This kind of year, with seven nods in addition to one win, showed up to accept the award for best rap song for his smash “God’s Plan.”

Drake, who has skipped the Grammys in recent years in addition to turned down an offer to perform at This kind of year’s show, used his time on stage to speak to additional artists in addition to to children who aspire to music fame. His message: in which awards like the Grammys are not a measure of success from the music industry.

“We’re playing in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said, explaining in which music is usually a business where powerful people who don’t necessarily understand artists’ experiences are often creating the decisions.

“The point is usually you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown, if — look, look — if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out from the rain, from the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need This kind of right here, I promise you in which, you already won,” he said, holding up his Grammy.

Not long after, Diana Ross, in a flowing red gown, celebrated her upcoming 75th birthday with two hits coming from her solo career: “The Best Years of My Life” in addition to “Reach Out in addition to Touch (Somebody’s Hand).”

She punctuated her performance by speaking to the crowd. “So much love in This kind of room,” she said. “Together we have no limits. There’s only success ahead in addition to you can lead the way. Learn, dream, unlock brand-new doors. All is usually possible.”

Earlier from the night, Lady Gaga accepted an award for “Shallow” coming from “A Star is usually Born” in addition to said she was proud to be part of a movie in which addresses mental health issues. “A lot of artists deal with in which, in addition to we’ve got to take care of each additional,” she said, adding, “So if you see somebody in which hurting, don’t look away.”