Logic on Why He Directly Addressed Trump’s ‘Sh*thole’ Comment at the Grammys

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At the end of the Grammy Awards, Logic was joined by singers Alessia Cara and Khalid to close out the night with his evocative suicide-awareness single, “1-800-273-8255.” After the song was over, the rapper shared a heartfelt message that called for equality and the celebration of all people. Later, backstage, Logic revealed that initially the Recording Academy asked him to give a more formal speech, but he wanted to do it his own way.

“I didn’t want to just spew out anything, I wanted it come from the heart,” he said. “I’m not this prophetic dude, I just want to make music and have fun, however, I have a power that a lot of people in this world don’t. I’ve been given a stage and I thought that I could use this power to spread positivity and a positive message.”

Logic then addressed why he took a stand to address President Trump’s derogatory comments about African nations and Haiti. “Everybody is beautiful and the world is equal and we need to fight towards that. I’m not a politician but if that man can call those beautiful places ‘shitholes,’ I can stand up and say that they’re not. And that they’re amazing.”

Logic’s Off-Script Grammys Moment