Shawn Mendes & Khalid Honor Victims of Gun Violence at BBMAs 2018

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Shawn Mendes and Khalid‘s song, “Youth,” was inspired by the terrorist attack that happened at Ariana Grande‘s concert that happened in Manchester almost exactly a year ago. With the recent events that have been happening in the world, however, the tune takes on a whole new meaning. The musicians performed the hit at tonight’s Billboard Music Awards and wanted to use the opportunity to honor everyone affected by gun violence.

The 19- and 20-year-olds were joined on the BBMAs by the show choir from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 students and teachers were killed by a shooter on Valentine’s Day.

The students and musicians came together on stage as they sang powerful words that have so much meaning:

“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”

As you can probably imagine, there was not a dry eye in the house, or on social media.