Jamie Foxx opens 2017 AMAs with powerful tribute to first responders & tragedy victims

Before P!nk and Kelly Clarkson opened the 2017 American Music Awards with a moving performance of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” Jamie Foxx delivered a moving message of his own.

"This year more than perhaps any other in recent history, we needed the power of music to help us escape the news of the day,” said Foxx, who was accompanied by his daughter, Corinne Foxx. "We needed the power of music to help us heal, from hurricanes, wildfires, hate, hatred filled violence. 2017 was a year that tested our faith -- in these moments of crisis, heroes emerged.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (L) and Jamie Foxx attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jamie Foxx speaks onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (L) and Jamie Foxx attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (center L) and Jamie Foxx (center R) and first responders pose onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (L) and Jamie Foxx attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (L) and Jamie Foxx attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jamie Foxx onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx and Jamie Foxx arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
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To make the moment even more special, Foxx and his daughter were joined by a group of first responders from the year's many tragedies, who Foxx praised for running towards the danger “when it would’ve been so easy to run away.” After a rousing round of applause for the brave men and women on stage, Foxx delivered one final message of hope for a brighter new year.

“As this year comes to a close, we look forward to 2018 with hope,” he continued. “For even as we mourn those who are 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 a nation." 

Watch Foxx's moving speech below.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Heidi Klum attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Selena Gomez attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kelly Clarkson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Demi Lovato attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nick Jonas attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: P!nk attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Ciara attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Diana Ross attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Tracee Ellis Ross attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Lea Michele attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chrishell Stause (L) and Justin Hartley attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Violetta Komyshan (L) and Ansel Elgort attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Corinne Foxx (L) and Jamie Foxx attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Zedd attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chrissy Metz attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Alessia Cara attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nicole Kidman attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jenna Dewan attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kelly Rowland attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Sabrina Carpenter attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Niall Horan attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Shawn Mendes attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nicole Kidman (L) and Keith Urban attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
THE 2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS(r) - The 2017 American Music Awards, the worlds biggest fan-voted award show, broadcasts live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (8:0011:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (Image Group LA via Getty Images) JUSTIN MIKITA, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Yara Shahidi attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Alex Pall (L) and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kathryn Hahn attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: (:L-R) Hayley Stommel, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and Brittney Marie Cole attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jessie James Decker attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Khalid attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Caleb McLaughlin attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Macklemore (L) and Skylar Grey attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Erika Girardi attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kendra Wilkinson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Bleona Qereti attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Aaron Rhodes attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
THE 2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS(r) - The 2017 American Music Awards, the worlds biggest fan-voted award show, broadcasts live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (8:0011:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (Image Group LA via Getty Images) KJ APA
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Camila Mendes attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Bebe Rexha attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Lili Reinhart attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kat Graham attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Ashlee Simpson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Evan Ross (L) and Ashlee Simpson attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Trevor Jackson attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: The Ross's attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Liam Attridge, Ricky Garcia, and Emery Kelly of Forever In Your Mind attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Andrew Watt attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: PatrickStarrr attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Renee Bargh attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Maia Mitchell attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Garcelle Beauvais attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Gaten Matarazzo attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Billy Eichner attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Breanna Rubio attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Julia Michaels attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Musical group BTS attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Marshmello attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Madelaine Petsch attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Skylar Grey attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Portugal. The Man attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Machine Gun Kelly attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Patrick Schwarzenegger attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Kehlani attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Sadie Sink attends 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Slim Jimmy (L) and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: G-Eazy attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Skylar Grey attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Dimash Kudaibergen attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/AMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Lilly Singh attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Miles Brown attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Desiigner attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: First responders attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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