Donning a black hoodie with the song’s title and suicide prevention hotline number, “1-800-273-8255,” Logic spit the passionate and important lyrics before Best New Artist winner, Alessia Cara, and later, Khalid joined him for the hook.
Logic ended his set with a poignant speech that addressed women and immigrants and called out Donald Trump’s recent statements about immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Haiti, and African nations calling them “shithole countries.”
“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 they will never take away from you. Be not scared to use your voice especially in instances like these when 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 behalf of those who fight for equality in 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.”
After the show, Logic headed to the press room and revealed that his encouraging words came from a personal place, revealing that he is bi-racial.
“First and foremost, Black is beautiful. I know I look white as hell, but my father is Black and my mother is white. It is what it is and I’m proud of who I am and I’m proud to be a person of undercover color,” he told TheGrio in the press room.
“As far as the President…which I never thought I would say in a press room, which is insane. I’m not a politician, but if that man can call those beautiful places shitholes then I can stand up and say they are not shitholes. They are amazing. That’s all I wanted to do. I didn’t want to stir anything up. I just wanted to tell the truth. We are all beautiful.”