This is incredibly touching!
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas took time out during their “Future Now Tour” pit stop last weekend (Saturday, 2nd July) to pay homage to the Orlando shooting victims and Christina Grimmie.
The singers were joined onstage by Andra Day to perform her uplifting R&B hit single “Rise Up”. Jonas described her as a “dear friend”, saying, “this song is incredibly inspiring, and she is incredibly inspiring“. As the singers performed the heartbreaking tribute, all 49 victims who were killed in the Pulse shooting were projected on the large screen behind them.
The tribute was also for “The Voice” finalist Christina Grimmie, who was shot to death inside Orlando’s Plaza just 2 days before the massacre took place at the gay night club. Both Lovato and Jonas sang backup while Day got visibly emotional.
Prior to their performance, the 23-year-old performers invited a man named Hank to the stage to remember the victims from last month’s shooting in a moment of prayer.
“Orlando, you’ve been through a lot. And in the last month you’ve had 2 shootings, one of which was the most deadly shooting in all of America’s history,” he said, urging those in the audience to put an arm around the person next to them.
Hank continued saying, “I want to invite you to join us in praying to whatever God is to you, but I’m going to ask that we do this together, so when we pray together, we heal together… violence does not have the last word, but we, 10,000-strong, rise up to say that we, together, will let love win.”
Watch the touching tribute below:
It’s been 3 weeks since the terrifying attack in Orlando, Florida happened and many of us are still reeling from the shock. It’s unlikely that the feeling will fade away anytime soon.