The 61st Annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday night, and while several musicians and presenters were already confirmed, viewers and attendees were in for a treat just minutes into the show's airing.
Janelle Monáe making us feel.
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Before she could get a full sentence out, the audience went wild with applause - with some people literally jumping for joy.
"I'm very proud to have been a part of it", Lopez gushed. "We all need each other, right?" With the help of Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris and more, the Queen of Country celebrated herself and her vast collection of iconic songs. But with Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Travis Scott among the evening's performers, there won't be a shortage of star power.
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But as with many awards shows, the most entertaining, unpredictable moments are likely to happen before the festivities begin, on the red carpet.
An emotional Gaga said: "They said I was weird, that my look, my choices, my sound - that it wouldn't work, but music told me not to listen to them". Producer Boi-1da and Americana singer Brandi Carlile are behind them with six apiece. Donny Holloway was honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement award, featuring Atlanta sisterly duo Chloe x Halle singing "Where Is the Love" with gusto. Women also dominated across genres, with big wins for Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R and Dua Lipa - a stark contrast from a year ago, when Alessia Cara was the only woman to take home a solo gramophone.
There was nothing really more to say after such an auspicious and inspirational opening.
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