Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas Visit Pulse Nightclub Staff, Pay Tribute To Victims At Orlando Concert
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas surprised the Pulse nightclub staff before their concert in Orlando on Saturday. The two singers also paid a special tribute to the victims of that mass shooting during their Future Now show that night. See the photo and video below.
Before hitting the stage at the Amway Center, Jonas and Lovato met with staff members who survived the June 12 massacre at the popular gay club. The two singers gave the employees a suite at the concert, as well as posed for photos and offered their words of support and condolences.
On Saturday night, during their performance, projected behind them was the name “Orlando” in the rainbow colors. At one point, they invited a member of their show, Hank, to lead everyone in a prayer for the victims of the shooting, which left 49 dead and 59 others injured. As Gossip Cop, Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, resulting in the deadliest shooting in the nation’s history.
Hank got on stage and said he wanted everyone to say a “prayer for healing.” “I want to invite you to join us in praying to whatever God is to you,” continued Hank, who asked the crowd to “pray together so we will heal together.” He then requested that everyone in the audience put the arms around the people next to them, “Close your eyes and look up to the sky,” and ask God for “healing.” “We come to you [God] because we mourn… some in this room hurt, and some us of have lost,” he noted before adding, “The only response to hate is love… Death and evil does not have the last word, violence does not have the last word… We will let love win.”
After Hank’s moving words, Jonas introduced surprise guest Andra Day. He called her song “Rise Up” and Day herself “inspiring,” before he and Lovato joined her in a rendition of the track. As they performed the song, the names and ages of the Pulse shooting victims and Christina Grimmie very powerfully scrolled behind them. After the trio finishing singing, the 10,000-strong audience chanted, “Orlando! Orlando!” Check out the video below of Jonas and Lovato’s tribute in Orlando to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, as well as a photo with its surviving employees.