Shawn Mendes & Khalid Honor Victims of Gun Violence at BBMAs 2018
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.
Shawn and Khalid are gonna make this performance so special pic.twitter.com/YtdYMU5Iza
— shawn mendes (@DailyMendesLife) May 20, 2018
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”
— makelmore ☻ 436 days (@grayxshawn) May 21, 2018
As you can probably imagine, there was not a dry eye in the house, or on social media.