John Legend announces timely post-election music video and asks fans to join 'celebration of love'

Updated: 

John Legend has delighted fans by revealing he will release a music video featuring a "diverse group of people" just days after the US election saw Donald Trump win over Hillary Clinton.

The singer-songwriter - who has been very vocal in his anti-Trump views in recent weeks - explained how the release is pretty well-timed and accidental, given the events of this week.

John Legend
John Legend (Richard Shotwell/AP/PA Images)

He said he wants the world to "choose progress" and that he hopes his new song and video is full of love, and that he hopes to inspire others to feel the same.

John revealed all with a lovely post on Instagram, a snap of himself and wife Chrissy Teigen and their adorable baby girl Luna.

Chrissy is holding a sign that reads #LoveMeNow, the name of the song, which was unveiled in October.

His message in full reads: "It's been quite a time for the United States and the rest of the world as we all watched the election results come in early Wednesday morning. Some of us wept for our country. Some of us celebrated. Some of us are already taking to the streets in protest.

"You all know how I wanted and expected the election to go. I wanted us to choose unity and inclusion over building walls and singling out ethnic and religious groups for hate and suspicion. I wanted us to choose progress over yearning for some long-lost mythical era when America was supposedly greatest.

"I wanted us to destroy the highest glass ceiling instead of electing an admitted sexual assaulter. But we did not. These are the election results and all of us will have to learn to deal with it. I will not give up though. I will continue to be aware and vigilant."

He added: "I will continue to speak out for justice."

John continued: "We didn't think about the election when we planned the release date for this song and video. But in this time of conflict and uncertainty, it's clear that we all need more love. I find it in my family and in my music. Embracing my family has made today full of love and light despite the bad news.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton conceded defeat against Donald Trump in the US election (Andrew Harnik/AP/PA Images)

"But it's also important that we show love and empathy to people who may not look like us or live like us. Those who are marginalised and rejected, feared and left behind.

"The video premieres Friday and features a diverse group of people from all over the world. From Standing Rock to Iraq, from Orlando to the DR. Love is universal. We all need it. We all can give it. And it will ultimately win over hate. I have to believe that.

"If you want to join in our celebration of love, use the hashtag #lovemenow and send us a picture of you and someone you care about."