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Michelle Obama’s mum cool on former first lady’s Grammys appearance

(L-R) Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. Photo: Getty
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Michelle Obama has proven there is no pleasing some mums despite wowing some of the music industry’s biggest names at this week’s Grammy Awards.

The former first lady is a role model to millions around the world and has become a sought after speaker and author since leaving the White House.

But Ms Obama got the ultimate reality check when she asked her mother, Marian Robinson, whether she had watched her powerful Grammys opening speech, which drew a standing ovation.

Confirming she saw the speech, Ms Robinson went on to jokingly ask if her daughter had met “any of the real stars” on the night.

The crowds at Sunday’s Grammy Awards erupted in applause at Ms Obama’s address as she made a surprise appearance alongside music stars Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Ms Obama was initially flattered by her mother’s comment: “I guess you were a hit at the Grammys”.

The former first lady took to Instagram on Wednesday to share the text exchange with her mother, captioning the post, “When your mum doesn’t think you’re a “real” celebrity…Tonight in Phoenix, I shared this text thread from my mom from #Grammys night, and I just had to share it with all of you.”

The mother and daughter then quibbled over whether Ms Obama had told her she would be on.

“I told you I was going to be on it,” Ms Obama wrote.

“No you did not,” her mother responded. “I would have remembered that…”

“I thought I told you,” Ms Obama answered.

The exchange ended with the former first lady writing “And I AM A real star…by the way…”

Her mother replied simply, “Yeah”.

Within a few hours of posting, the humorous exchange had attracted almost two million likes and over 30,000 comments.

Ms Obama spoke about the power of music during her Grammy’s speech.

“From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside [of Chicago] to the ‘Who Run the World’ songs that fuelled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story, and I know that’s true for everybody here,” she said to rapturous applause.

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