To open the 61st Grammy Awards, host Alicia Keys emphasized again how the night would be a long celebration of musicianship and artistry, and she was certainly right about that. Throughout the night, there were several moments that were genuinely touching, so in the interest of furthering that spirit, here's a look at the best moments from the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Michelle Obama joining the show to champion the importance of music. There was a standing O for Mrs. O as former First Lady Michelle Obama joined forces with Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez to talk about the cultural value of music. "From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the 'Who Run the World' songs that fueled me through these last decade, music has always helped me tell my story," Obama said to a delighted crowd. "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves ... It allows us to heal one another, to invite each other in."
Janelle Monáe making us feel. She doesn't ever miss, so it's hardly any surprise that Janelle Monae's steeze and sass and choreography was completely on peak during her delivery of "Make Me Feel." Whatever IT is, she's got it.
Lady Gaga using her moment to help others. While accepting an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shallow," Lady Gaga said she hoped the takeaway people had from A Star Is Born was how it featured someone recognizing a loved one in need. "I just want to say I'm so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They're so important and a lot of artists deal with that," she said. "We gotta take care of each other. If you see someone that's hurting don't look away."
John Mayer joining Alicia Keys to reunite their Grammy. When Alicia Keys lost "Song of the Year" to John Mayer in 2004, even he knew there'd been some kind of mistake. Sure, his song "Daughters" was nice and very sing-along-y, but Keys had written her seminal song "If I Ain't Got You." Tonight, Keys revealed that Mayer actually broke off a piece of his prize to give it to her, and the two reunited to bring their shared Grammy back together after 15 years apart. D'aw.
Dolly Parton paying tribute to her bad self. With the help of Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris and more, the Queen of Country celebrated herself and her vast collection of iconic songs.
Cardi B feeling her giant purple couch stage. The infectiousness of Cardi B's energy is simply undeniable, especially when she's as into what she's doing as with this performance, okurrr?
Alicia Keys playing two pianos at the same time. As part of her night of celebration, Alicia Keys stole the whole show when she paid tribute to all the songs she loved so well that she wished she'd written them herself, including a two-piano homage to Hazel Scott with two grand pianos. In the closer, when she pegged "New York" as the song she wrote that she wished she'd written, it was completely the stuff chef's kiss emojis are made for.
Diana Ross' grandson introducing her. Another legend who celebrated herself in style was Diana Ross, who spent her 75th birthday proving she's still got it with an emotional rendition of "The Best Years of My Life." Between Tracee Ellis Ross' unbridled adulation from the crowd and her grandson's heart-melting introduction — "Young people like me can look up to her for her independence, confidence and her willingness to be her true self," he said of his grandma — it was a full-on family affair of the best order tonight.
Social media discovering Brandi Carlile. She was the most nominated woman at the Grammys, but twitter was still alight with people discovering the folk artist after watching her slay her performance during the show. It didn't hurt that she'd already had three Grammys in hand at the time, either.
Chloe x Halle paying tribute to Donny Holloway. Donny Holloway was honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement award, featuring Atlanta sisterly duo Chloe x Halle singing "Where Is the Love" with gusto.
Cardi B enjoying her sincere surprise. Upon winning her first award for Best Rap Album, Cardi B was so stunned that she had trouble finishing her thank and said, "The nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed." People often say they're surprised in moments like this, but her level of shock was very obviously the real deal. She went on to reveal that she struggled to finish the album and videos before she began to show during her pregnancy, and the moment could hardly be any realer as she celebrated her victory of becoming the first solo woman to win this award.
St. Vincent and Dua Lipa bringing that energy. This shared performance was electric and brought some much-needed sizzle to the show as it started to drag as it headed into the wee hours. The fact that Dua Lipa then went on to champion individuality in her acceptance speech for Best New Artist was just icing on the cake.
Bob Newhart being adorable. Did you know Bob Newhart won a Grammy Award in 1961? Fun fact! Tonight, he took the stage alongside Alessia Cara to deliver the award for Best New Artist, and he was a total champ about it all, even as Cara told him her grandma — nay, great-grandma — was a fan of his back in the day.