Logic brought his emotional suicide prevention anthem to the MTV Video Music Awards, performing “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
After being introduced by Kesha, the Maryland rapper launched into an inspirational performance with an orchestra and back-up singers behind him and co-stars Cara and Khalid by his side. The set design featured the artwork for “1-800-273-8255” to further illustrate the song’s powerful message, an urge for those in need to call the suicide prevention hotline.
Adding to this, Logic was joined by 50 suicide attempt and loss survivors who were dressed in white shirts that read “You Are Not Alone.” This was part of the Visionary rapper’s ongoing partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
After the performance, Logic shared an emotional speech about his artistic mission. “I am here to fight for your equality,” he said. “I believe that we are all born equal but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or sexual orientation.”
Alessia joined Logic’s performance shortly after her own moving rendition of “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Cara started the performance in a red gown, make-up, and hair, before stripping it all away to reveal her no-filter beauty.
“Scars” was nominated for three Moon Persons, including Video of the Year, Best Fight Against the System, and Best Direction. Meanwhile, Logic received a nomination for Best Fight Against the System with “Black SpiderMan.”
Shortly after the performance, Khalid won Best New Artist at the award show. “I gotta thank my mom,” he said. “I love you mom! I know she’s watching. Thank you for giving me my voice and supporting me when no one else did.”