Michelle held hands on stage with Jennifer Lopez as Keys brought in some serious heavyweight star power for her first stint as Grammys host.
The ladies appeared on stage to talk about the important role that music had played in their lives.
Their absence was seen as a snub of an awards show that has often shut hip-hop artists out of its top prizes, despite rap's dominance as the biggest music genre in the United States. It's our shared global language, ' Alicia told the audience.More news: Trump's Afghan envoy intensifies peace efforts with Taliban
When it was first announced that Keys would be this year's host, ET's Kevin Frazier spoke with the singer at a promo shoot for the awards show, and she dished on what she hoped to accomplish in her role as emcee.
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".
The music superstar and host of the 2019 Grammy Awards did just that on February 10. "Music shows us that all of it matters.every story within every voice, every note within every song".More news: Ooops! Ikea apologises after leaving New Zealand off map
Then stepped in Lopez, who said, "Back in the Bronx, music gave me a reason to dance..."
"Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected", Pinkett-Smith said. "It reminds me where I come from, but it also reminds me of all the places that I can go".
"We're all very excited, and the energy you're going to feel is far different than anything you've ever felt", she said.More news: Will Smith Makes His Very Blue Debut in Aladdin Trailer
A true diva, Ross owned the room and concluded her moment with an enthusiastic declaration: "Happy birthday to me!" Lady Gaga highlighted that many of her problems and issues have been expressed through her music and Alicia Keys also expressed the same. Considering that women, per Billboard, will have a larger presence at this year's Grammys ceremony after being "nearly muted" the prior year, Alicia is right.