Watch The BBMAs’ Powerful Gun Violence Tribute

Watch The BBMAs' Powerful Gun Violence Tribute

Photo credit: Getty Images Following Kelly Clarkson’s tearful plea for "action" on gun control in her opening monologue at the Billboard Music Awards this evening, Shawn Mendes and Khalid dedicated an emotional performance to victims of gun violence. The pair performed Mendes’ song ‘Youth’ with members of the show choir from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died and 17 more were injured in a shooting in February. The lyrics of the song, combined with the presence of the Stoneman Douglas students, could not be more powerful – "You can’t take my youth away/This soul of mine will never break/As long as I wake up today/You can’t take my youth away" – and the audience became visibly emotional during the performance. Introducing the tribute, Bebe Rexha said: "Last Friday, we experienced another tragedy, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Just a few weeks, ago many students from the very high school joined the protest against gun violence. And they’re no different than tens of thousands of young adults across this nation who took a stand and are raising their voices to say: things must change. They inspire me with their hope, with their compassion and with their determination to make a difference and build a better world." You Might Also Like

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