Michelle Obama praises Alicia Keys’ inspiring music at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Michelle Obama praised Alicia Keys for her talent and grace at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

The former First Lady remembered her first time listening to the artist as she introduced her for a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Songs In A Minor.

Remarking on Alicia’s range, Michelle said Keys music made her feel like it took her ‘to church and to the symphony and to a candle light dinner and couples therapy and everywhere else, all in a little more than three minutes.’

Fan club! Michelle Obama praised Alicia Keys for her musical talent and leadership skills while introducing the star at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Fan club! Michelle Obama praised Alicia Keys for her musical talent and leadership skills while introducing the star at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Fan club! Michelle Obama praised Alicia Keys for her musical talent and leadership skills while introducing the star at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Special: The songstress was there for a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Songs In A Minor

Special: The songstress was there for a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Songs In A Minor

Special: The songstress was there for a special performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Songs In A Minor

‘I remember what it felt like to hear the song Fallen for the first time it was edgy and soulful, graceful yet raw,’ the Becoming author gushed. 

‘This young singer was taking us to church and to the symphony and to a candle light dinner and couples therapy and everywhere else, all in a little more than three minutes.’

Mrs. Obama was an instant fan, saying: ‘I knew right then and there that this wouldn’t be the last we’d hear from Alicia Keys. And in the years since, she’s amazed us again and again in so many ways.’

But Michelle’s praise went beyond Keys’ musical talent, telling audiences: ‘Alicia is not just an artist she’s also an advocate for women and families around the world. 

Musical journey! Remarking on Alicia's range, Michelle said Keys music took her 'to church and to the symphony and to a candle light dinner and couples therapy and everywhere else, all in a little more than three minutes'

Musical journey! Remarking on Alicia's range, Michelle said Keys music took her 'to church and to the symphony and to a candle light dinner and couples therapy and everywhere else, all in a little more than three minutes'

Musical journey! Remarking on Alicia’s range, Michelle said Keys music took her ‘to church and to the symphony and to a candle light dinner and couples therapy and everywhere else, all in a little more than three minutes’

Inspiring: Michelle's praise went beyond Keys' musical talent, telling audiences: 'Alicia is not just an artist she's also an advocate for women and families around the world'

Inspiring: Michelle's praise went beyond Keys' musical talent, telling audiences: 'Alicia is not just an artist she's also an advocate for women and families around the world'

Inspiring: Michelle’s praise went beyond Keys’ musical talent, telling audiences: ‘Alicia is not just an artist she’s also an advocate for women and families around the world’ 

‘A leader on social justice, a wife, a mentor, a mother, but most of all, she is herself, always thoughtful, always hopeful, always Alicia. And in bearing her true self, she calls us all to do the same in our own lives, and for each other. 

‘Alicia, you are such a shining light. Such a singular force. You inspire me and my daughters and millions of fans all around the world.’ 

Keys was just one of the many talented performers gracing the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which were being hosted by Nick Jonas. 

DJ Khaled took the stage with H.E.R. and Migos, while Bad Bunny, Duran Duran, Karol G, Doja Cat & SZA, twenty one pilots, Pink, and top nominee The Weeknd also entertained.

High praise: 'Alicia, you are such a shining light. Such a singular force. You inspire me and my daughters and millions of fans all around the world,' the Becoming author continued

High praise: 'Alicia, you are such a shining light. Such a singular force. You inspire me and my daughters and millions of fans all around the world,' the Becoming author continued

High praise: ‘Alicia, you are such a shining light. Such a singular force. You inspire me and my daughters and millions of fans all around the world,’ the Becoming author continued

Top contender: The Weeknd came into Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards with 16 nominations and he kicked off the show by winning Top Hot 100 Artist

Top contender: The Weeknd came into Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards with 16 nominations and he kicked off the show by winning Top Hot 100 Artist

Top contender: The Weeknd came into Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards with 16 nominations and he kicked off the show by winning Top Hot 100 Artist

The Blinding Lights singer came into the ceremony with 16 nominations. He kicked off the ceremony by winning Top Hot 100 Artist.

Meghan Thee Stallion landed nine nods, including Top Rap Song and Top Selling Song for Savage.

The Hot Girl Summer hitmaker will go up against herself in the two categories, as her Cardi B collaboration WAP is also nominated for the two awards.

Taylor Swift – who is up for four prizes in total – will go head-to-head with The Weeknd’s After Hours Lil Baby’s My Turn and the late Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die for Top Billboard 200 Album. 

2021 BILLBOARD AWARD NOMINEES

Top Billboard 200 Album

Juice WRLD ‘Legends Never Die’

Lil Baby ‘My Turn’

Pop Smoke ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ — WINNER

Taylor Swift ‘folklore’

The Weeknd ‘After Hours’

 

Top R&B Album

Jhené Aiko ‘Chilombo’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Slime & B’

Doja Cat ‘Hot Pink’

Kehlani ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’

The Weeknd ‘After Hours’ — WINNER

 

Top Rap Album

DaBaby ‘Blame It On the Baby’

Juice WRLD ‘Legends Never Die’

Lil Baby ‘My Turn’

Lil Uzi Vert ‘Eternal Atake’

Pop Smoke ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ — WINNER

 

Top Country Album

Gabby Barrett ‘Goldmine’

Sam Hunt ‘Southside’

Chris Stapleton ‘Starting Over’

Carrie Underwood ‘My Gift’

Morgan Wallen ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ — WINNER

 

Top Rock Album

AC/DC ‘Power Up’

Miley Cyrus ‘Plastic Hearts’

Glass Animals ‘Dreamland’

Machine Gun Kelly ‘Tickets to My Downfall’ — WINNER

Bruce Springsteen ‘Letter to You’

 

Top Latin Album

Anuel AA ‘Emmanuel’

Bad Bunny ‘El Último Tour Del Mundo’

Bad Bunny ‘Las que no iban a salir’ — WINNER

Bad Bunny ‘YHLQMDLG’

J Balvin ‘Colores’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album

DJ Snake ‘Carte Blanche’

Gryffin ‘Gravity’

Kygo ‘Golden Hour’

Lady Gaga ‘Chromatica’ — WINNER

Kylie Minogue ‘Disco’

 

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music ‘Peace’

Elevation Worship ‘Grave Into Gardens’

Carrie Underwood ‘My Gift’ — WINNER

We The Kingdom ‘Holy Water’

Zach Williams ‘Rescue Story’

 

Top Gospel Album

Koryn Hawthorne ‘I AM’

Tasha Cobbs Leonard ‘Royalty: Live at the Ryman’

Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1’ — WINNER

Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2’

Kierra Sheard ‘Kierra’ 

 

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ — WINNER

 

Top Streaming Song

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’ — WINNER

Future ft. Drake ‘Life Is Good’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Selling Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

BTS ‘Dynamite’ — WINNER

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘Savage’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

Dua Lipa ‘Don’t Start Now’

Harry Styles ‘Adore You’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ — WINNER

 

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’ — WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

DaBaby ft. 

Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

 

Top R&B Song

Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R. ‘B.S.’

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo ‘Intentions’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

Doja Cat ‘Say So’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’ — WINNER

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘Savage’

 

Top Country Song

Jason Aldean ‘Got What I Got’

Gabby Barrett ‘I Hope’ — WINNER

Lee Brice ‘One of Them Girls’

Morgan Wallen ‘Chasin’ You’

Morgan Wallen ‘More Than My Hometown’

 

Top Rock Song

AJR ‘Bang!’ — WINNER

All Time Low ft. blackbear ‘Monsters’

Glass Animals ‘Heat Waves’

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear ‘my ex’s best friend’

twenty one pilots ‘Level of Concern’

 

Top Latin Song

Bad Bunny ‘Yo Perreo Sola’

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez ‘Dákiti’ — WINNER

Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin ‘RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)’

Maluma & The Weeknd ‘Hawái’

Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers ‘Caramelo’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Lady Gaga ‘Stupid Love’

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande ‘Rain on Me’

SAINt JHN ‘Roses (Imanbek Remix)’ — WINNER

Surf Mesa ft. Emilee ‘ily (i love you baby)’

Topic & A7S ‘Breaking Me’

 

Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake ‘Graves Into Gardens’ — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly ‘TOGETHER’

Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship ‘The Blessing (Live)’

Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson ‘Famous For (I Believe)’

Zach Williams & Dolly Parton ‘There Was Jesus’

 

Top Gospel Song

Koryn Hawthorne ‘Speak To Me’

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music ‘Movin’ On’

Marvin Sapp ‘Thank You For It All’

Tye Tribbett ‘We Gon’ Be Alright’

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott ‘Wash Us In The Blood’ — WINNER

 

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Kanye West — WINNER

 

 

 Top Artist

 Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd — WINNER

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Rod Wave 

 

Top Male Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby

Drake — WINNER

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

 

Top Song Sales Artist

Justin Bieber — WINNER

BTS

Megan Thee Stallion

Morgan Wallen

The Weeknd

 

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Bieber

Lewis Capaldi

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BLACKPINK

BTS — WINNER

Ariana Grande

SB19

Seventeen

 

Top Radio Songs Artist 

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

 Top R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

 The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top R&B Female Artist

Jhené Aiko

Doja Cat — WINNER

SZA

 

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

 

Top Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

 

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER

Saweetie

 

Top Country Artist

Gabby Barrett

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen — WINNER

 

Top Country Male Artist

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen

 

Top Country Female Artist

Gabby Barrett — WINNER

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line — WINNER

Maddie & Tae

 

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC

AJR

Five Finger Death Punch

Machine Gun Kelly — WINNER

twenty one pilots

 

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

 

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

 

Top Latin Female Artist

Becky G

Karol G — WINNER

Rosalía

 

Top Latin Duo/Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Eslabón Armado — WINNER

Los Dos Carnales

 

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers

Kygo

Lady Gaga — WINNER

Marshmello

Surf Mesa

 

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns

Elevation Worship — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams  

 

 

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