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Logic raised awareness on the Grammys stage during his empowering performance of “1-800-273-8255” on Sunday night.
During the performance, the rapper, alongside Alessia Cara and Khalid, was joined by a group of suicide survivors donning T-shirts that displayed the hotline number and inspirational message that read, “You are not alone.” The song title is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
After performing, the rapper took a moment to rant about current issues including the #MeToo movement, immigration and Trump’s “shithole” comments.
“Black is beautiful. Hate is ugly. Women are as precious as they are stronger than any man I have ever met. And unto them I say stand tall and crush all predators under the weight of your heart that is full of the love that they will never take away from you. Be not scared to use your voice especially in instances like these where you have the opportunity. Stand and fight for those who are not weak but have yet to discover the strength that the evil of this world has done its best to conceal. To all the beautiful countries filled with culture, diversity and thousands of years of history, you are not shitholes. And lastly on the behalf of those who fight for equality and a world that is not equal, not just and not ready for the change we are here to bring, I say unto you: Bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge. For together we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”
Logic’s callback to Trump’s “shithole” comments was cut from the CBS broadcast for profanity. The artist tweeted about it shortly after the show, sharing a picture of his speech with the line “you are beautiful” altered in Sharpie to read: “you are not shitholes.”
Backstage, Logic said he was asked by the Recording Academy to give a speech. “I have a power that a lot of people in this world don’t, and I’ve been given a stage that the one percent get,” he said. “I thought if I was going to have this power, I’d use it for positivity — peace love and positivity to spread a positive message. Everyone is beautiful, and the world isn’t equal — and we need to fight towards that.”
Last year, the rapper’s album Everybody debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with “1-800-273-8255,” reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier in the night, Cara won a Grammy for best new artist, for which Khalid was also nominated.
— Khalid Daily (@KhalidDaiIy) January 29, 2018
The 60th annual Grammy Awards aired live from Madison Square Garden on CBS. The Late Late Show‘s James Corden served as host.
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