Logic, Khalid & Alessia Cara Dominate VMAs With '1-800-273-8255'

Logic continued his slow, but steady domination over the scene with an electric rendition of his recent smash, "1-800-273-8255," with guest collaborators Alessia Cara and Khalid at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (August 27).

For the performance, which was appropriately introduced by Kesha, Logic took the stage mid-broadcast alongside attempted suicide survivors. With his guests, the rapper brought his hit to life, particularly with the number of the hotline gleaming from the stage and backdrop. Still, nothing was more moving than the finale when cameras panned across the venue to various survivors and let Logic showcase his voice loud and clear.

"I'm going to fight for your equality because I feel like we are all born equal, but we are not treated equal and that's why we must fight," he told the audience. "We must fight for the equality of every man, woman or child regardless of race, religion, color or sexual orientation!"

Sunday's set kept in sync with the visual to the track, which is aimed at raising awareness for mental health and the nationwide suicide crisis. In the song's five-minute clip, the budding rapper lets the narrative of a young African American male take the spotlight. It begins with his early years as a child and proceeds onto his high school career as he struggles with acceptance over his sexuality.

Beyond his performance, Logic was nominated in the Best Fight Against the System category for his sizable hit, "Black Spiderman." Speaking with MTV earlier, the rapper said that he was the track’s message should hold a much bigger narrative to people. "It's not about black Spiderman,” he told Gaby Wilson. “It's equality. It's about diversity and all different people coming together and being proud to be themselves. That's the biggest thing. So many people are shunned for being who they are."

 

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