5 Grammy-Nominated Songs Inspiring Change And Making A Difference In The Lives Of Fans

“I’m literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman, and child.”

As we gear up for music's biggest night — the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28 — we're looking at all the music that's being recognized by the Recording Academy. In particular, we're spotlighting these five Grammy-nominated songs, all of which are empowering their fans to change their lives and the lives of others. 


1. “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid

The goal of this song, nominated for Song of the Year, is evident right in its title: 1-800-273-8255 is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

"We had the second-highest call volume in the history of our service the day of the song's release," NSPL Director John Draper told Variety. "It's remained high ever since." (The lifeline has also experienced a 33 percent increase in call volume and 300 percent increase in Facebook activity in the months since the song's release.)

Additionally, the song is also nominated in the Best Music Video category for its accompanying short film, in which a young teen grappling with his attraction to another boy contemplates (and ultimately decides against) dying by suicide.

"I'm literally fighting for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation and here to spread a message of peace, love, and positivity," Logic told TooFab.

2. “4:44” by Jay-Z

Jay-Z's title track from his latest album is also nominated for Song of the Year — as well as Best Rap Performance — thanks in no small part to his mother. At the start of the track, Gloria Carter performs a spoken word poem about living in the shadows, and when it's Jay-Z's turn at the mic, he reveals she's gay.

"Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," he raps on the track. "Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take / Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don't matter to me if it's a him or her."

The track got a rave review from GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "Lesbian women are all too often erased or excluded from narratives surrounding LGBTQ people," Ellis wrote in a statement. "By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter [has] increased visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sending a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community that is perfectly timed with the end of Pride Month."

3. “Stand Up for Something” by Andra Day featuring Common

Singer Andra Day, rapper Common, and songwriter Diane Warren are nominated in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category for this rousing song from the soundtrack to Marshall, a biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court Justice.

"It could have taken place in the '60s or '70s, but it's relevant to today," Common told Good Morning America about the activism anthem. "Unfortunately, we have to encounter these issues, but we have to take them head-on. And I feel like we're not afraid now. As human beings, we've got to look out for each other. We've got to stand up for whatever it may be, whether it's animal rights, the environment, women's rights, and standing up against the injustices."

4. “Praying” by Kesha

Kesha has weathered a highly publicized, years-long legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of sexual assault. And in "Praying," her first single in four years and one that's been nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, she sang of perseverance and resilience.

"I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I've overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach," she wrote in Lenny Letter the day the song went live. "I've found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else, even if they hurt you or scare you. It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal."

The singer also founded the #PrayingForAChange fundraising initiative, vowing to use her fame as a platform for her fans' Facebook fundraisers for their favorite nonprofit organization.

5. “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga's music video for her single "Million Reasons," a track that was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, seems to celebrate the people in our lives who get us through challenging times. 

She performed an acoustic version of the song at New York City's Ali Forney Center, an organization supporting homeless LGBT youth, when she brought donations to the center in November 2016. In an interview with Today that day, she opened up about the people who helped her through her own struggles with PTSD, saying those people inspired her to pay kindness forward.

"The kindness that's been shown to me — by doctors, as well as my family and my friends — has really saved my life," she said. "I've been searching for ways to heal myself, and I have found that kindness is the best way."


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