Shawn Mendes And Khalid Performed Touching Tribute To Gun Violence Victims At BBMAs
Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School choir joined the duo onstage at the Billboard Music Awards.
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards arrive just days after the latest US school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas and the show has not been silent.
In her opening speech the show's host, singer and former American Idol contestant Kelly Clarkson demanded change saying she wouldn't accept another moment of silence.
"They also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silence! It’s not working! Like, obviously. So why don’t we not do a moment of silence, why don’t we do a moment of action, a moment of change."
Following her impassioned plea, later in the show, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and Khalid performed an emotional tribute to the victims of gun violence featuring 12 members of the Parkland show choir.
Introducing Mendes and Khalid on stage at the Las Vegas award show, US singer Bebe Rexa also spoke out for change, calling the students inspiring and brave.
Students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School show choir joined the pair onstage while they performed "Youth".
Khalid also wore a shirt that read "Protect our guns" with guns crossed out and "children" written underneath.
The song "Youth" was dedicated to the victims of gun violence as well as the bomb attacks on the likes of the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May last year.
"We have to write about what's going on in life and how the youth is feeling because I think we have the voice to do that," Mendes said.
"All of these horrible things happening in the world, all of the headlines, it felt like every day it was just being pulled more and more out of us."
Many of the Parkland survivors became activists in the fight for gun control following the February 14, during which 17 students and staff members were killed. In response, thousands of students across the United States organised walk-out protests on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
Students at the Santa Fe High School were part of those walk-outs.
Ten people including students and staff were killed by a 17-year-old gunman during Friday's Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas. The Parkland students again demanded something change.
"You deserve more than thoughts and prayers," Emma Gonzalez said, "and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices".
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