Late on Saturday, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The February killing of the unarmed 17-year-old by a neighborhood watch volunteer hit a nerve across the nation. After the not-guilty verdict came out, musicians shared their reactions on social media and on the stage, ranging from fury and disgust to heartbreak and calls for peace.
During her concert in Nashville, Beyonce called for a moment of silence for Martin, and then sang the chorus of "I Will Always Love You." Shortly after the verdict was returned, Questlove Instagrammed a photo of his own face with the caption "Onstage right now.... pissed."
MichaelVick went to prison for killing dogs,Zimmerman was let free after killing a blackman.All we need to know about the USA justice system
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) July 14, 2013
And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 14, 2013
This is permission. Do u understand. Stay up. Keep watch. Move forward.
— Jill Scott (@missjillscott) July 14, 2013
What do we stand for? How are we America, united... the beautiful? We should take a long look in the mirror, we need REAL change.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) July 14, 2013
I know many people are very upset about the verdict, but we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful.
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 14, 2013
Repeal of Voting Rights Act, NSA spying on everybody, drone murders, global warming denial, Zimmerman verdict, Walmart. #LetsStartOver
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) July 14, 2013
— FLO RIDA (@official_flo) July 14, 2013
My heart is heavy...for all who knew and loved #TrayvonMartin. His life mattered. This is shameful.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) July 14, 2013
& that is America.... #NoJusticeForOurSons!
— Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) July 14, 2013
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This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone: Musicians React to George Zimmerman Verdict