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Logic's 2017 MTV VMAs Performance And Speech Were A Passionate And Powerful Rallying Call For Unity

"We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation."

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

Music and glamour may have been at the forefront of last night's MTV Video Music Awards, but celebrities in attendance really hit home with speeches highlighting some of today's important issues. Among them, Logic performed his hit song "1-800-273-8255," and he raised awareness for mental health and suicide prevention, also commenting on the social and political era we are living in.

The 27-year-old rapper took to the stage with Alessia Cara and Khalid, who are featured on the track, as well as a stage full of suicide attempt survivors wearing T-shirts that listed the National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone number and had  "You Are Not Alone" emblazoned on the back of them. It was an emotional moment, and one that clearly affected the performance and audience alike.

"I just want to take a moment right now and thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn't want to talk about," Logic said. "Mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression, and so much more that I talk about on this album. From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault, and so much more."

The Maryland-born artist got the entire place on their feet with his message of "peace, love, positivity, and equality for all" — getting more impassioned as he continued speaking about getting everyone to band together and make a difference in the world for those who need it.

"I don't give a damn if you're Black, White, or any color in between," Logic continued. "I don't care if you're Christian, you're Muslim, you're gay, you're straight — I'm am here to fight for your equality because I believe that we are all born equal, but we are not treated equally and that is why we must fight. We must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation."

Logic — who shares a VMA win with the other nominees for Best Fight Against the System this year — wasn't the only person to send a message of resistance and standing up for what one believes in. A barefoot Paris Jackson called out President Trump as well as "Nazi White supremacist jerks in Charlottesville," while Pink, who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, gave a moving speech about accepting and loving yourself.

Check out Logic's performance and speech here:

If you're wondering about the significance of the number as a song title, it's the phone number to the Suicide Prevention Hotline. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can reach out to speak with a trained counselor.

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