The singer, who will be performing her hit “Sorry Not Sorry” during the show, personally invited the Virginia Del.-elect to be her date after being “completely inspired” by her historic win when she defeated longtime Republican incumbent Bob Marshall earlier this month.
“We connected because I heard her story. I was just completely inspired by that,” Lovato told E! News on the red carpet. “My story with ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ is about bullying, and I wanted to have her in the audience with me tonight because I feel like we’ve been through some of the same things and now we get to share this experience together.”
Roem joined Lovato as part of the Together movement, GLAAD’s campaign calling on all marginalized communities to stand together, which is represented by the ampersand pin.
“Demi Lovato and Danica Roem are two strong and inspirational women who embody the need for all Americans to stand together united and to take action today against any form of discrimination and oppression,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release.
“Danica Roem is a trailblazer whose win in Virginia showcased both how young people and marginalized communities can impact voting results and how every American deserves an opportunity to work hard and achieve their dreams. Demi Lovato continues her legacy of raising the bar for entertaining audiences around the world and for spotlighting social issues that need the most attention,” Ellis added.
Though Roem confessed she’s more of a heavy metal fan, she’s a fan of Lovato’s advocacy work.
“I’m also really grateful Demi has spent her career advocating for people who need a voice when they feel voiceless she really understands what you look like, where you come from, who you worship or who you love you really should be welcomed and celebrated for her you are, not in spite of,” Roem told E! News.
Lovato is a longtime, vocal ally to the LGBTQ community. At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, she wore a gender-inclusive bathroom symbol, taking a stand against North Carolina’s controversial HB2 “bathroom bill.”
The American Music Awards broadcast live from the Staples Center in L.A. Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.