LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid the music and celebration, the Grammys turned serious for a moment when President Barack Obama called on musicians and music fans alike to pledge to stop domestic violence.

"It's not OK and it has to stop," Obama said in a spot aired during Sunday's Grammy Awards. "Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and get us thinking and talking about what matters."

Domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell followed, taking the Grammy stage to share her experience as a survivor and to urge others to recognize their worth and seek help to save themselves. Her life was saved, she said, when she sought help at a domestic violence shelter.

Katy Perry followed with a solemn performance of "By the Grace of God."


— Sandy Cohen — www.twitter.com/APSandy.