The former first lady looked dazzling in a gleaming gray wraparound jacket and pants duo, and all four women took a chance to talk about how important music has been to them. But while everyone earned applause for their remarks, the audience insisted on a full-throated fan moment the moment Obama opened her mouth — and kept it going for a full 25 seconds.
That's a lifetime on TV!
"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," said Obama once the shouts died down.
"Whether we like country or rap or rock music helps us share ourselves," she continued. "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."
Of course, everyone was inspirational in her own way.
"Music took my ears, took my hands, my voice, and my soul," said Gaga, who picked up a Grammy shortly after. "And it led me to all of you and to my Little Monsters, who I love so much."
Added Lopez, "(Music) reminded me where I come from, but it also reminded me of all the places that I can go. Music has always been the one place we can all feel truly free."
Noted Pinkett Smith, "We express our pain, power and progress through music, whether we're creating it or just appreciating it. But here's what I know, every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected."
We couldn't agree more!