This year’s Grammy ceremony marked Keys’ first time hosting an awards program. Her opening monologue featured special guest appearances from former first lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith (pictured), and her performance playing two pianos simultaneously in tribute to black pianist Hazel Scott went viral.
“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host of the Grammy Awards,” Keys said. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room,