Demi Lovato is using her voice and her platform to take a stand.
The songstress used her performance at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards to send a strong message about the political situation in the United States.
Lovato delivered a powerful rendition of her new song “Commander In Chief”, which touches on many of the events that have taken place throughout the tumultuous year and serves as a condemnation of injustice, intolerance and social apathy.
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) October 15, 2020
“We were taught when we were young/ If we fight for what’s right there won’t be justice for just some/ We won’t give up, stand our ground/ We’ll be in the streets while you’re bunkering down,” Lovato belts in the evocative tune, which was released just hours before the Oct. 14 performance.
“Loud and proud, best believe/ We’ll still take knee/ while you’re Commander in Chief.”
Right after her performance, Lovato also dropped the music video.
Produced by GRAMMY-winner Finneas — and written by a collective of influential creative powerhouses including Lovato, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Eren Cannata — the song comes just a few weeks before the U.S. 2020 presidential election on Nov. 3.
The singer is also sharing information on how to make a voting plan and use your voice as part of her effort to galvanize the passions of Americans seeking change.
A music video is expected to drop following her debut TV performance of the new song.
Lovato recently spoke to CNN about the track and its message.
“There’s been so many times that I’ve wanted to write the president a letter or sit down with him and ask him these questions,” she shared. “And then I thought, I don’t really actually want to do that and I thought one way that I could do that is writing a song and releasing it for the whole world to hear and then he has to answer those questions to everybody and not just me.”
Addressing her fans, she added, “We have to turn up and vote because it’s so important that our voices are heard. And, honestly, for me, whether you are a Republican or Democrat, just get out and vote.”
— Demi Lovato Team (@DemiTeamTR) October 14, 2020
Lovato said whether she’s bothered Trump might take aim at her on Twitter, “Bring it on. Prove to them you’re exactly who I said you are in the song. Just do it, go for it.”
The singer then said of her decision to be politically outspoken, “You’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t. You can list Taylor Swift as a perfect example of that exact saying… for years she got trashed because she wasn’t taking a stance and wasn’t standing up for these rights and she kind of took a back seat and now she’s become very political and there are people that are unhappy with that, too.
“It’s just, like, you have to live what feels authentic to you. To me, that’s using my platform to speak out about the things that I see that are wrong.”
Election Day is November 3, 2020.
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