It's not uncommon to see the former First Lady wearing a suit — I mean, if you had a schedule packed with political appearances of your own, one speaking gig after another, and a book tour, you'd have a closet full of them — but Michelle Obama's 2019 Grammys suit is one for the books. At the 2019 Grammys on Sunday, February 10, Obama gave us a surprise appearance we never could've expected.
She stepped out with four leading ladies at her side to help open the show. As their silhouettes turned into the figures of Alicia Keys (the host of the evening), Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga, I couldn't help but hold my chest in an "aww" moment. They all took a moment to discuss the important role music has played in their lives, with Keys introducing the segment saying, “Music is what we all love, music is what it’s all about. Everybody is out here shining and I’m so proud to bring us together to honor this moment, because music is what we cry to, it’s what we march to, it’s what we rock to, it’s what we make love to. It’s our shared global language.”
If that isn't #SquadGoals, seriously, somebody tell me what is. Don't worry, I'll wait.
Obama's head-to-toe sparkly gunmetal outfit caught everyone's eye, even with a string of powerhouse women sharing her spotlight. Her wrap top featured a dolman sleeve and a tie at the waist, and her pants were cut into a wide-leg silhouette that flattered her figure perfectly. The entire look struck a serious balance between disco and classy (obvs!) like only Mrs. Obama could pull off. She paired her two-piece with a pair of silver drop earrings and what seems like her wedding ring in a less-is-more approach.
As for her beauty look, she wore her hair in her signature soft wave with a side part (seriously, I need a tutorial on that!) and a neutral makeup look with glowy skin, groomed brows, glossy lips, and tons of lashes.
Who run the world?
Her female presenter counterparts totally held their own too. Lady Gaga totally dominated the head-to-toe silver sequins moment, while Jada Pinkett Smith wore a feathery gown with silver sequin appliqués along the bodice. Jennifer Lopez donned some serious sequins too, but paired her look with a statement neck piece and an oversized hat that feels an awful lot like the cover of Beyoncé's famous Formation outfit. Alicia Keys wore an outfit all her own, with the minimal makeup look we all know and love, an emerald green pantsuit, and a printed scarf on her head.
When it was Obama's cue to drop some knowledge, she said, “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."
After exiting the stage, she tweeted, "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!" Get you a girlfriend that has your back like Michelle Obama has Alicia Keys'. And get you a sequin suit too, because that look was cute!