Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Andra Day dedicate emotional performance to Orlando shooting victims
Andra Day’s “Rise Up” is a rousing song on its own, but the 31-year-old singer gave the track an inspirational kick when she performed it this weekend with Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato during a touching tribute to the victims of a recent massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead.
Taking the stage during a concert at the Florida city’s Amway Center arena, Lovato, framed by the word “Orlando” written behind her in rainbow-colored letters, introduced an “extremely special” person named Hank, who led the venue in a moment of prayer.
“Orlando, you’ve been through 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,” he said, urging those in the audience to put an arm around people near them. “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.”
After the prayer, Day joined Jonas and Lovato in front of a white piano, where she performed a stripped version of “Rise Up” alongside the two pop stars. Names of the victims from the massacre scrolled on a screen behind the performers as they finished the song.
Watch the emotional tribute in the video above.