Logic and Ryan Tedder Reunite Families During 2018 MTV VMA Performance Of 'One Day': Watch
Logic's music and performances are often tied to of-the-moment and hotly debated topics -- from suicide prevention on "1-800" to his latest track "One Day," featuring Ryan Tedder, which is about the current immigration crisis.
So it was only natural that his MTV Video Music Awards performance on Monday night (Aug. 20) would be a powerful one. The rapper walked into the Radio City Music Hall theater towards the stage, trailed by several kids of various backgrounds and ages, all of whom were wearing white shirts that read: "We are all human beings." Meanwhile, Logic's own shirt read, "F*ck the wall."
The impassioned performance started with Tedder on piano before he joined on vocals, grew more potent as it went on. Halfway through, a screen wall lifted, revealing the kids siblings and parents. Logic's message "to protest the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane family separation policy that tore thousands of children from their parents and continues to keep hundreds apart," according to a press release for the performance, was heard loud and clear.
The families on stage were made up of immigrant leaders from the National Domestic Workers Alliance, United We Dream and Make the Road New York, and their children.
“I’m so excited to have performed with Logic tonight. It meant a lot to me to be able to represent my family because my dad, Manuel Arpi, is in a detention camp,” said Jefferson Arpi, a 15 year-old youth leader with United We Dream, whose father has been detained for 9 months.
Watch a clip of the performance above.