Watch Lady Gaga perform "Shallow" at the 2019 Grammys

Watch Lady Gaga perform

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.

Lady Gaga, 32, took the 2019 Grammys to a whole new level with her performance of "Shallow" from A Star Is Born. "It was a new experience for us", he said. "Music shows us that all of it matters - every story within every voice, every note within every song". "Thank you for being my island", she said.

Lady Gaga's "Shallow" just keeps winning this awards season, picking up a Grammy on Sunday before competing for other major awards later in the day.

Another wrote: "What happened to her face???"

"I'm not gonna be able to wear any makeup tonight", she tweeted.

In a charming twist, U.S. president Jimmy Carter won his third Grammy in the Spoken World Album category for the audio version of his best-selling book "Faith: A Journey For All". "I'm in tears with honor and gratitude", she wrote on Twitter after her first win. She took on Coldplay ("Clocks"), Drake ("In My Feelings"), Kings of Leon ("Use Somebody"), Ella Mai ("Boo'd Up"), and even "Lucid Dreams" by emo rapper Juice WRLD. "I hope you do, dad".

While last year's show was held in NY - for the first time since 2003 - the 61st Grammys are back in Los Angeles.

Lamar leads all artists with eight nominations, followed by Drake (7), Carlile (6), producer Boi-1da (6), Cardi B (5) and Childish Gambino (5).

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into big wins.

Cuban-born Camila Cabello kicked off the televised show with a dance heavy performance of her hit single "Havana" with Latin artists J Balvin, Ricky Martin and Young Thug.

Other performers included Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes with Miley Cyrus, and Janelle Monae.

"Yes, we have so much more work to do, but this is a moment to be celebrated. It's our shared global language", in her opening remarks.

Amid a bevy of women whose careers she influenced, Dolly Parton demonstrated that she's still got a few more lessons to teach, whether investing her classic "Jolene" with mountain-soul heart-ache, bringing stripped-down poignancy to Neil Young's "After the Goldrush", or elevating her recent song "Red Shoes" to the gospel heavens.

She shared a personal story about how John Mayer once split a Grammy with her after losing best song to him 2005.

Women were strongly represented at this year's Grammys.

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