The music community offered a state of the union address of its own on Sunday at the 61st Grammy Awards ceremony.
After months on defense, artists positioned music as a unifying force and healing salve for a deeply polarized world.
Advertisement > The task of opening the evening fell to Camila Cabello, who delivered her hit single "Havana," which celebrates her Cuban American heritage, telegraphing an opening salvo of acceptance and inclusion regarding the immigrant experience in U.S. history. She was joined by Latin pop star Ricky Martin in a production number that emphasized Latin music and dance. Immediately afterward, host Alicia Keys was joined by a quartet of high-profile women that included actresses Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith, music superstar Lady Gaga and former First Lady Michelle Obama. "Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves," Obama said.