One of the presenters of the 2017 American Music Awards, Jaime Foxx, led off the show Sunday night by recognizing first responders and police.
“Got my daughter here. My family here. Because we want to talk about something sincere. This year, more than perhaps any other in recent history, we needed the power of music to help us escape the news of today,” the 49-year-old actor explained as he stood on stage with first responders, police and sheriff officers. (RELATED: Celebrities Throw Hissy Fit Following Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ Tweets)
“We needed the power of music to help us heal,” he added. “From hurricanes, wildfires, hate, hatred-fueled violence, 2017 was a year that tested our faith. In these moments of crisis, heroes emerged. With us tonight are some of our first responders who ran towards the danger when it would have been so easy to run away.” (RELATED: Celebrities Freak Out Over Trump’s Immigration Restriction)
The comments were greeted by cheers and applause.
“Please, you can stand up. Thank you guys,” he continued. “As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018, with hope. For even as we mourn those who were lost, we know this together, our strength will pull us through. Together, we shall overcome the pain.”
“Together, we can unite as a people and as a nation. If you know what I’m talking about, make some noise right now,” Foxx said as the audience erupted into loud cheers and applause.”
The host then threw to singer Pink and Kelly Clarkson who sang R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts Sometimes.”