We’re obviously still not over the incredible performances at the Grammys, and when it stands up for social cause, that makes it all the more better.
Young artists Alessia Cara, Khalid and Logic dedicated their performance to suicide survivors and promoting awareness with the song 1-800-273- 8255, which is also the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Their incredible, meaningful performance was alongside survivors of suicide attempts as well as family members who have lost someone to suicide, donning white shirts emblazoned with words of encouragement, and stood together in solidarity.
“You are not alone.”
“Give us hope.”
Suicide awareness and prevention has rightfully received more attention over the past year, with many young and influential artists coming together to spread the message of suicide awareness to more people who unfortunately, still speak dismissively of people who have attempted suicide or those who died by it.
In fact, Logic has said his album dealt primarily with mental illnesses because he thought it would bring the discussion about mental health to a broader audience.
“Mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression, and so much more that I talk about on this album… I don’t give a damn if you’re black, white, or any color in between; I don’t care if you’re Christian, you’re Muslim, you’re gay, you’re straight, I am going to fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally, and that is why we must fight,” he has said in the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards performance of 1-800.
Their Grammy performance was indeed one of the important highlights of the night as the trio not only tackled mental illnesses, but towards the end of their performance, Logic gave a speech that many thought adhered to the #MeToo Movement and Time’s Up initiative against sexual abuse, abuse of power, and many other ills not just in the entertainment industry but in society as a whole.
“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,” he shouted to the crowd who were of course by then on their feet in applause.
He also took a swipe at Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment on immigrants from African, Caribbean, Asian and Middle East nations; saying that countries rich with thousands of years of culture did not deserve to be called ‘shitholes’.
“Bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant who seeks refuge,” he said before adding, “”Together we can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united.”
For people as young as they are, they have spoken more sensibly and eloquently about these troubles than our government of supposedly learned individuals could ever hope to.