19-year-old R&B upstart Khalid once tweeted that he wished to go the Grammys. Not only did he get his wish, he was nominated for Best New Artist — and had the opportunity to participate in one of the most powerful performances of the night. He joined Maryland rapper Logic and actual Best New Artist winner Alesia Cara to perform their “1-800-273-8255” smash.
But it wasn’t just the three artists on the stage, as they were joined by suicide attempt survivors as well as loved ones of suicide victims. The three crafted the song in order to save lives, and it has. Even if some people thought his Everybody album had missteps, there were more than enough people who thought highly of Logic — including the Grammy committee, who nominated him for Song Of The Year and Best Music Video. Kendrick Lamar won Best Video for “Humble,” but Logic was a victor in a different fashion tonight.
Along with Khalid and Cara, he was able to infuse the 60th Grammy celebration with a ray of positivity, as the “I want you to be alive/You don’t gotta die today” radiated a positive message to the thousands in Madison Square Garden and millions watching at home. He followed up with a powerful speech affirming so many of America’s oppressed people, from women to undocumented citizens. He punctuated it by affirming — like U2 — that “you are not s***holes,” in reply to President Trump’s comments.