Joined by Alessia Cara, Khalid, and a group of suicide attempt and loss survivors, Logic delivered a powerful performance of "1-800-273-8255" on Sunday night at the Grammys. The touching performance tastefully took place after the In Memoriam tribute, which honoured Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, among many others.
Nominated for best song and best music video, the song is named after the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The rapper followed the emotional performance with a rousing, eloquent speech about love and standing up to predators — "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."
Sticking to the song's message of strength, he addressed different groups, including the black community, Time's Up, and immigrants. Logic also countered President Donald Trump's alleged remarks about African and Haitian countries being "sh*thole countries," saying, "To all the beautiful countries filled with culture and diversity and thousands of years of history: you are not sh*thole countries." To keep things family-friendly, CBS unfortunately bleeped Logic's reference, though many news organisations have verbally used the word "sh*thole" while reporting the president's comment.
— Lines of Logic™ (@LinesofLogic) January 29, 2018
The internet isn't pleased with CBS's censorship, many viewers claiming that it interrupted the flow of the "1-800-273-8255" artist's moving speech. While it is upsetting that Logic got interrupted, we're glad that we could hear most of his beautiful message about hope and strength. Hopefully, this incident will direct even more attention to his powerful song.