Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid Perform Powerful Suicide Prevention Song at 2018 Grammy Awards
Artists Alessia Cara, Logic and Khalid gave a moving performance of their hit song “1-800-273-8255” and now everyone is talking about it. The performance was dedicated to suicide prevention and people struggling with hopeless thoughts or depression.
The name of the song “1-800-273-8255” is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, who claims they have seen record numbers in calls and social media engagement since the song was released.
Alessia Cara had won Best New Artist earlier in the night, being the only woman to win a solo award at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Her song “1-800-273-8255” was nominated for Song of the Year, but did not win.
However, the performance marked one of the most emotional moments in Grammy Award history as the artists were joined on stage by a group of people selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline who have attempted or lost loved ones to suicide.
Logic ended the performance with a powerful and passionate speech.
“Be not scared to use your voice, especially in instances like these when you have the opportunity,” he said, “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.”
Logic also acknowledged the #MeToo movement in his speech, which took most of the spotlight at the 2018 Grammy Awards as seen in Kesha’s electrifying performance, which was dedicated to the movement, on the red carpet where artists wore white roses to honor victims of sexual abuse as well as in many other speeches.
“Black is beautiful. Hate is ugly. Women are as precious as they are stronger than any other man than I have met. And to 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,” he said.
He ended his speech by shedding light on social justice and the struggles of immigrants in the U.S. saying, “And lastly on the 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 up to you bring us your tired, your poor and any immigrant that seeks refuge for tog we can build not just a better country but a word that is destined to be united.”
More information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be found at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.