Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato performed in Orlando over the weekend and paid tribute to the 49 people who had lost their lives inside a gay nightclub three weeks earlier.
Joined onstage by R&B singer Andra Day, the pair performed an emotional rendition of Day’s song Rise Up.
The song was also dedicated to singer Christina Grimmie, a finalist on NBC’s The Voice, who was shot to death a day before the massacre at Pulse nightclub.
Jonas and Lovato arranged for employees of Pulse to attend the show for free, the group shared on Facebook.
After the show, Day wrote on Instagram: ‘Got to pay tribute to the victims, survivors, and all those affected by the Pulse shooting in Orlando with two of my favorite people last night, @nickjonas and @ddlovato. Thank you for having me. Orlando our prayers, love, and support are with you.’
Prior to the song, a man identified only as Hank took to the stage and led the crowd in prayer.
‘Orlando you’ve been though a lot and in the last month you’ve had two shootings – one of which was the most deadly shooting in all of America’s history. We want to pause and we want to say a prayer, a prayer of healing,’ he prayed.
‘Some in this room hurt, some in this room have lost. … so in this room we ask for healing. we know that only response to hate love and we know that the only response to violence is peace and we know that the only response to evil is good. We together will let love win.’
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