WATCH and READ Rapper Logic's Message at 60th Grammy Awards: Hate is Ugly
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Rapper Logic used his time in the Grammy Awards spotlight last night (Jan. 28) to declare that "hate is ugly" and "women are as precious as they are stronger than any man."
Logic's hard-hitting message came during his performance of his suicide prevention anthem "1-800-273-8255," with Alessia Cara and Khalid, and accompanied by actual suicide attempt survivors, wearing white t-shirts emblazoned with the help line telephone number or the words "you are not alone."
"1-800-273-8255" had earned Logic nominations for both song of the year and best music video at the 60th Grammy Awards, which took place last night at Madison Square Gardens in New York City.
During his speech, Logic also encouraged people to use their voices to confront evil, to support those from Donald Trump-designated "shithole countries," and to fight for equality. He posted the script of his speech across his social media channels immediately after the award show.
Here's the transcript:
"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 who 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."
Logic's socially conscious gestures were far from the only ones that took place at the Grammy Awards last night.
Embattled singer Kesha performed a #MeToo-themed take on her song "Praying," Camila Cabello saluted those affected by Trump's attack on the alien minors-supporting DREAM Act, U2 did an unsubtle pro-immigration performance from near the Statue of Liberty, and Kendrick Lamar performed a medley of songs that featured dancers in hoodies falling dead at the sound of gunshots to simulate police violence.
The big winner of the evening was Bruno Mars, who won six Grammys. Lamar followed with five. Cara won the best new artist award.
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