On Saturday, March 24th, millions of people across the globe took the streets for the March For Our Lives. The protest – which is primarily based in Washington D.C. but happening in cities around the globe — is meant to urge politicians to act on gun control and encourage young people to vote. A few musical performers were called upon to perform in D.C., and Demi Lovato’s performance at the March for Our Lives will send literal chills through your body. The singer chose to perform “Skyscraper,” and the song’s emotional lyrics felt particularly poignant.
Lovato was one of several stars chosen to sing at the March, including Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and Miley Cyrus. Last week, Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg explained on CNN why these women were chosen to perform. “We’re gonna have four major independent women that are standing with us and walking beside us, and those are Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato,” he said in an appearance on the news channel. “They’re going to be standing there with us and marching with us and they’re some of the few people that are really coming out and stepping up with us.”
Ariana Grande sang “Be Alright”, Miley Cyrus brought new meaning to “The Climb,” and Hudson gave an equally moving performance of “The Times They Are Changing.” The lyrics to Lovato’s song say: “Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper,” and in front of the crowd of survivors and protestors, it felt especially emotional.
In addition to performing, Lovato recently discussed why she is an outspoken advocate for gun-control for Billboard Magazine. “There are certain pop stars who don’t speak out politically, and they have more fans,” she told the publication. “But I’d rather speak up for the things I believe in than just be dismissive of the issues going on in our country.” Lovato is just one of these singers who use their platform to elevate the voices of the young people pushing for serious change, and her passionate performance was super meaningful.