"Thank you so much, ladies, for your light, your message of love, your sisterhood", said Keys, the first woman to helm the show in 14 years.
Avant, 87, is referred to as the "Godfather of Black Music" and received the Salute to Industry Icon Award during Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala Saturday night.
Pinkett-Smith added, "We express our pain, power, and progress through music, whether we're creating it or just appreciating it". 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.
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"Alicia clearly needs to ditch the hat". 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".
"Mongol", as it has been widely known, is a derogatory term for someone with Down's Syndrome.
Plus, Alicia is the first female to host the ceremony in over a decade. As is the case with most awards shows, the Grammy Awards are mixing the envelopes opening with a ton of performances.
Diana Ross' 9-year-old grandson Raif, who stole the show when he introduced her performance, was spotted running around hamming it up and getting reeled back in during commercial breaks. She and her husband, former US President Barack Obama, signed deals for a book apiece with Penguin Random House a month after Obama left office in January 2017.
Speaking about the power of music to unite people, Michelle continued: "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves and shows us that all of it matters".