The 2017 Grammy Awards promise a night of fabulous fashion and musical performances, but also some strong statements. We weren’t surprised when the Grammys got political with Jennifer Lopez’s presentation of the Best New Artist Grammy.

But what we loved was that J.Lo’s speech wasn’t negative or critical. Instead, it was a positive message to inspired artists and creators to let their voices be heard. J.Lo quoted legendary novelist of Beloved and Sula during her speech, and we thought it was the MOST perfect choice.

Jennifer Lopez quoted Toni Morrison during her presentation, and her words are SO important for all of us.


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That’s a bit of a paraphrase, but here’s Toni’s original quote:

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We love that, because it’s a message of hope in troubling times. It gives us a goal and some way to put ourselves to work. And after watching all the amazing performances tonight, we are SO inspired. So keep writing. Keep speaking out. Keep doing language. Because we can all heal together.