Shawn Mendes and Khalid received a standing ovation at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards after performing their powerful song “Youth” in tribute to those affected by gun violence.
This tribute comes in light of the Santa Fe High School shooting, which took the lives of 10, and injured 10 others.
Khalid, donned a blue t-shirt with the message “Protect our Guns,” with the guns part crossed out and the world “children” written underneath, while Mendes wore all black, including a hoodie with “Youth” written in white letters.
The singers were joined by the 12 members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Show Choir from Parkland, Fla., where they sang the song’s powerful chorus in unison: “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.”
The song, from Mendes’ upcoming self-titled album, is about not allowing pain and tragedy to steal a child’s youth. The track has poignant lyrics about the school shooting epidemic that has taken over the U.S.
Watch the powerful performance above.