From Grammy-winner Kacey Musgraves' romantic reaction to winning best country album to Lady Gaga head-banging during Janelle Monáe's performance, these moments were short but sweet
1. The Audience Going Wild for Michelle Obama
Leave it to the former First Lady to steal the show! Alicia Keys redefined squad goals when she kicked off the 61st annual Grammy Awards alongside some fierce females, taking the stage with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Obama and Jennifer Lopez for a moving monologue about the power of music. The audience gave a rowdy round of applause when it was Obama’s turn to talk.
“From the Motown Records I wore out on the South Side …” she began, allowing the crowd to calm down.
“All right. We have a show to do. 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. And I know that’s true for everybody here. Whether we like country, or rap or rock, 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.”
She concluded on an empowering note, saying, “Music shows us that all of it matters. Every story within every voice, every note within every song. Is that right ladies?”
2. Lady Gaga Rocking Out to Janelle Monáe
Going Gaga! The “Shallow” singer, who took home the award for best pop duo or group performance for her song, couldn’t get enough of nominee Monáe’s performance, throwing her hands up and head banging beside her pals as she stood and cheered on the singer.
3. BTS Vibing to Dolly Parton
K-pop sensation BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, showed their (surprising?) love for country superstar Parton during the star-studded tribute performance in her honor. As Miley Cyrus took the stage beside her godmother for a duet of Parton’s smash song “Jolene,” the boys were caught mouthing the lyrics and jamming out.
The seven-piece band, who presented an award and whose album Love Yourself: Tear was nominated for best recording package, were thrilled to be making their Grammys debut. “It’s more than a dream,” RM told PEOPLE on the red carpet ahead of the show. “We can’t believe it.”
4. Offset Biting His Lip During Cardi B’s Performance
In case touching tongues on the red carpet wasn’t enough, Offset let his slip for a second time during wife Cardi’s performance of her new single “Money.” The Migos rapper bit his lip and stuck out his tongue while the “I Like It” singer danced and twerked onstage. The PDA-packed appearance comes two months after the pair had called it quits amid a cheating scandal — only to reunite repeatedly.
“I hang out with him, I talk to him every day and we do our thing,” Cardi revealed to PEOPLE about her current relationship with her hubby. “It’s just like — to make things perfect … it takes time. You know, f—ing and hanging out doesn’t mean that you guys are on like a perfect note, it takes time. It takes time. And it’s a marriage and there’s a child involved and family involved.”
5. Kacey Musgraves and Husband Ruston Kelly’s Adorable Reaction to Her Winning Best Country Album
The “Slow Burn” singer turned to her husband in disbelief when her album Golden Hour was announced as the winner of best country album — and later also earned her the Grammy for album of the year. Musgraves put her hands on Kelly’s cheeks and the two shared a romantic kiss before telling each other “I love you.”
The singer emotionally thanked Kelly, whom she married in 2017, during her acceptance speech.
“Thank you so much to my family. My sweet husband is down here, Ruston. I love you,” she said. “I really believe I wouldn’t have this album if I hadn’t met you and you didn’t open my heart like you did. So thank you so much.”
6. Ella Mai’s Astonished Reaction to Alicia Keys Performing Her Song ‘Boo’d Up’
During Keys’ musical medley, which included her take on Drake’s “In My Feelings,” Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up,” the camera panned to 24-year-old Mai’s wide-eyed and delighted expression as she listened to the host perform her hit, which won the Grammy for best R&B song and was also nominated for best song. The singer held her hand to her heart as she gasped, “Oh my God,” turning to her friends in shock.
7. Diana Ross’ Family Playing Proud Paparazzi for Her Grandson
Tracee Ellis Ross and her family — along with the rest of the audience — absolutely could not handle the cuteness of Diana Ross’ 9-year-old grandson Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick’s heart-melting introduction to her performance.
“She is amazing,” he said. “Young people like me can look up to her for her independence, confidence and willingness to be her unique self. She has shown the world that nothing is beyond our reach. So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my grandmommy Diana Ross.”