President Barack Obama made a very special appearance at the Grammys tonight. His eloquent speech addressed that "its on us" to change how we treat each other, and how our generation has the power to spread the awareness of domestic abuse, especially through the means of music.
It was mentioned several times, throughout the show, how important the impact of music has on people, and its ability to change someone's life. Last year at the Grammys, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed the song "Same Love," as Queen Latifa stood as a temporary commissioner to marry 33 couples of varying ages and sexual orientations. They made an incredible statement that night, showing that we should accept everyone, and the choices they make with their life.
This year, after President Obama spoke, a woman who was a victim of domestic abuse spoke bravely of her traumas, and following this was an enrapturing performance by Katy Perry. At the end of Obama's speech, he asked the artists to spread his message, and I felt this was a very smart choice. Targeting music artists who have a significant impact on our culture in this society, and the power and the ability to send positive messages out to their listeners, expands his message world wide.
I was really pleased to see such a huge, widely watched program like the Grammys, to address such relevant issues going on in our country. It means people are actually paying attention.