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EXCLUSIVE: John Legend Explains Passionate Speech at PGAs: 'I Want to Speak Out'

by Jackie Willis 1:59 PM PST, January 29, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: John Legend Explains Passionate Speech at PGAs: 'I Want to Speak Out'

John Legend had a somber moment when he took the stage at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night, and addressed President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

"Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump," the 38-year-old R&B artist declared. "I want to specifically tonight reject his vision and affirm that America has to be better than that."

"Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers," he continued. "Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions."

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After the event, Legend told ET's Deidre Behar that it was his wife, Chrissy Teigen, who encouraged him to speak out. "I wouldn’t have said what I said tonight if my wife wasn't encouraging me the whole time. She was like, ‘You gotta say something, John,’" he shared. "I appreciate her for encouraging me to say it. We love each other and we care about this country. We care about humanity and we want our country to be the best that we can be and we’re worried right now."

The "All of Me" singer added, "Our president is doing some things in our name that I think don’t represent the values of America. I want to speak out for what I believe."

ET also caught up with Teigen at the PGAs, who admitted that she feels "like there’s not much to be happy about right now."

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"I think it’s very important to just have a voice," the 31-year-old model said. "I think a lot of people think that they can’t speak up and a lot of people are scared to speak up and a lot of people are frightened and they feel intimidated and they feel like they’re gonna get stepped on and I don’t think that’s OK."

"I think people need to speak up and show [support] when something's wrong," she continued. "You need to speak up and you need to be at those protests. I know a lot of people think that protests don’t matter ...but it does matter."

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