The powerful performance began with the camera up close to the hitmaker’s face as he sang poignant lyrics like, “I cry for the sons without fathers and the pain the mothers hold deep inside.”
As the song continued, the camera angle gradually widened, revealing people lying face down around the singer. The bodies appeared to be handcuffed with their hands behind their backs.
The final lyrics of the song, “If you love somebody, let them breathe,” appear to be a reference to the recent death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Proceeds from Usher’s “I Cry” performance will go to non-profit organizations designed to help Black and minority small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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