Chrissy Teigen shocked fans when she announced the loss of her third pregnancy on September 30. In an Instagram post, she revealed that she and husband John Legend had named their unborn baby Jack, and that due to complications, Jack was unable to be carried to term. Lauded for her candor about the subject of pregnancy loss and subsequent grief, Chrissy has remained otherwise silent on social media since that announcement. But in his first public performance since Chrissy’s hospitalization, Legend performed a gorgeous tribute to her at the Billboard Music Awards last night (October 14).
“This is for Chrissy,” he said, gently, before a gut-wrenching performance of “Never Break” off his 2020 album Bigger Love. Yet despite the somber undertones, the song spoke to fans as a celebration of couple’s perseverance and dedication to one another. Though the song was penned before they even announced they were expecting another child, this performance gave it all new meaning in light of their loss.
When Bigger Love was released, Legend explained that the songs on the album were “inspired by the loves of my life: my wife, my family and the rich tradition of black music that has made me the artist I am… It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential.”
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I’m so excited to introduce my new album #BiggerLove to the world. Here’s the album cover painted by brilliant artist @charlylpalmer. Swipe for the track list, including my amazing featured guests. This project has been a labor of love for me, something I’ve spent over a year conceiving and creating. I poured my heart and soul into these songs and collaborated with some incredibly gifted co-writers, producers and musicians. The songs are inspired by the loves of my life: my wife, my family and the rich tradition of black music that has made me the artist I am. All of these songs were created prior to the world being rocked by a pandemic, prior to the latest police killings in the U.S. that sent so many to the streets in protest. During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic. Lately, the images of black people in the media have been showing us with knees on our necks, in mourning, or expressing our collective outrage. We feel all those emotions. But It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential. I’m under no illusion that music can save the world or solve the world’s problems, but I’ve always turned to music to help me through tough times and I know many of you have done the same. That’s why I couldn’t wait to release this album to the world. I debuted in 2004 with an album called Get Lifted. And now, as we enter the summer of 2020, I hope this new album can get you lifted again, fill your hearts with love and inspiration, give you something to dance to, something to hold hands to, something to make love to. A week from today, on June 19, I invite you to experience a #BiggerLove.
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