Viewers expecting a straightforward affair were in for a surprising treat when they tuned in for the 2019 Grammy Awards, where high-profile cameos, shady speeches and jaw-dropping performances made for an unpredictable night.
Led by host Alicia Keys, the celebration delivered a handful of shocking moments:
Camila Cabello Is Joined by Her Sister & Father During Her Performance
Cabello started the show with a performance of her mega-hit “Havana.” She was joined by Young Thug, J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval and two very special surprise guests: her sister Sofia and dad Alejandro.
“Tonight’s performance was based on my grandma’s childhood in Havana growing up in a ‘solar habanero,’ basically a house in which every family live in a room — it was a poor community but she loved it because there was music everywhere, she was never happier,” Cabello wrote about her number on Twitter. “Before they even put up the wall and we started performing, I was tearing up thinking of my family, my team, and how beautiful a moment like this is.”
The star’s father and sister appeared in one of the “rooms” that made up the on-stage solar habanero.
omg did you see them ?! they were sooooo cute https://t.co/xHTTxuTVdb
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) February 11, 2019
“Omg did you see them?! They were soooo cute,” the star gushed about her family when a fan asked about their appearance on Twitter.
Michelle Obama Leads a Group of Female Superstars
The former First Lady joined host Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez on stage to talk about the important role music has played in their lives as the ceremony began.
“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that’s true for everybody here,” Obama said.
“Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys. It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters — every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right ladies?” she continued.
A big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—that’s why I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music! pic.twitter.com/8cMhTmsClA
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 11, 2019
A source familiar with planning the appearance told PEOPLE about Obama’s relationship with the Grammys host, saying “It’s a nice friendship that they have. Mrs. Obama just wanted to be supportive of Alicia.”
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