Many people love John Legend for his great music and beautiful performances, but now they have another reason.
According to Essence, when Legend discovered that the Beverly Hills Hotel's owner, the sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, held anti-women and anti-LGBTQ beliefs and passed laws to hurt and even kill these people, Legend refused to perform at the famous hotel.
Legend's representative Amanda Silverman told the Reporter that the policies of the Sultan, which "...could permit women and LGBTQ Bruneians to be stoned to death, are heinous and certainly don't represent John's values or the spirit of the event."
If Legend were to perform at the pre-Grammy event, it would give his tactic support to these heinous acts against women and the LGBTQ communities in Brunei.
By choosing not to perform, Legend is taking a stand for the human rights. The Human Rights Campaign even wrote a letter to Los Angeles Confidential expressing their dismay to hold the pre-Grammys bash at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
With Legend out of the line up tonight, it will be interesting to see how the public will react. But by the artist taking such a strong stance against some of these awful things that some leaders allow happen in the world, it will hopefully encourage others to follow suit.