The Grammy Awards on Sunday evening were filled with moving performances and powerful messages. For many, the most impactful show of the evening came near the end of the night, when the rappers Logic and Khalid and singer Alessia Cara took to the stage to perform their song “1-800-273-8255.”
The song is named after the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s hotline number and it’s a powerful anti-suicide anthem whose lyrics demonstrate a cry for help from someone who’s suffering — and the caring response this person will receive.
The accompanying “1-800-273-8255” music video details the lows of one young gay man in high school who faces rejection, bullying and homophobia at the hands of family and friends, and considers taking his own life. However, the young man calls a suicide prevention hotline, and the next scene we see is his wedding several years down the line, where he is happy, in love and surrounded by friends and family.