Lady Gaga Addresses Mental Health Issues at the Grammys
Refreshing that the star didn't get political in her acceptance speech — but she went on at some length about an entirely different topic Sunday night
During her acceptance speech after winning for Best Pop Duo for the song “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, musician Lady Gaga said, “I’m so proud to be part of a movie that addresses mental health issues.”
“A lot of artists deal with that,” she went on.
“And we gotta take care of each other.”
“So if you see someone’s that hurting, don’t look away,” she also said in her remarks.
It was direct, brave, stripped-down and direct.
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Here were her full remarks: “I gotta thank God. Thank you for looking out for me, thank you for my family at home, I love you,” she said as she struggled to hold back tears.
“If I don’t get another chance to say this: I just want to say I’m so proud to be a part of a movie that addresses mental health issues. They’re so important. And a lot of artists deal with that and we got to take care of each other. So if you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even if it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody and take them up in your head with you. I love you. Thank you so much to the Grammys.”
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True to form, though, earlier on in the program, host Alicia Keys said, “Music is what we cry to, what we march to … what we make love to … It’s our shared global language,” in her opening remarks.
“And when you really want to say something, you say it with a song. Am I right?”
“This is a celebration.”
Then she proceeded to bring out Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, former first lady Michelle Obama — you read that right — and Jennifer Lopez.
“Music led me to all of you … and to my little monsters, who I love so much,” said Lady Gaga.
Said Jennifer Lopez, “Music … reminds me where I came from … Music is the one place where we can all feel truly free.”
“We express our pain, power and progress through music, ” said Jada Pinkett Smith. “Every voice we hear deserves to be honored and respected.”
Said Michelle Obama, interrupted frequently by applause, “From the Motown Records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘who run the world’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story … Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys … It allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters … Is that right, ladies?”
To see what happened at last year’s Grammy Awards, check out this video: