The highly anticipated trio, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna weren’t the only powerful trio of the 57th Grammy Awards.
President Barack Obama, Katy Perry, and a domestic violence survivor took their fight against domestic abuse on the most important night of the music industry.
“It’s not OK and it has to stop,” Obama said. “Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and getting us talking and thinking about what matters.”
Obama reached out to viewers and audience through a pre-recorded video and encouraged artist to use their star power to protect girls and women from domestic violence. He stated that nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape and one in four has experienced some type of domestic violence.
Obama was followed by Brooke Axtell, a survivor of domestic violence who take the stage and spoke about her personal experiences as a victim. Axtell explained how her ex-boyfriend threatened to kill her and how she made excuses for his anger and abuse.
“If you’re in a relationship with someone who does not honor or respect you, I want you to know you are worthy of love. Please reach out for help,” Axtell said.
The message was then topped off with Katy Perry, as she appeared on stage in a white gown to perform an inspirational anthem “By The Grace of God.”