Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas honored the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting by inviting the employees of the venue to their concert in the city on Saturday night (02Jul16).
The pop stars brought their 2016 Honda Civic Tour featuring Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas: Future Now to Orlando, Florida's Amway Center over the weekend, and nearly a month after a gunman opened fire at the nearby Pulse nightclub, employees had a reason to celebrate as about 30 staffers were surprised with free tickets to the show.
According to TMZ, the Pulse employees were given a private suite to enjoy the show, and Nick and Demi also had a meet and greet with all the VIP guests.
The night was filled with tributes to the 49 people who lost their lives in the shooting, as well as singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed by a fan in Orlando just two days before the nightclub massacre.
Nick and Demi invited a man called Hank to the stage to lead a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives, saying, "Orlando, you've been through a lot. In the last month, you've had two shootings, one of which was the most deadly shooting in all of America's history.
"I want to invite you to join us in praying to whatever God is to you, but I’m going to ask that we do this together, so when we pray together, we heal together... violence does not have the last word, but we, 10,000-strong, rise up to say that we, together, will let love win."
After he concluded his speech, R&B singer Andra Day surprised the crowd, as she, Demi and Nick joined together to sing a stripped down version of her emotional song Rise Up, while the names and ages of those killed at Pulse were projected on a large screen behind them.
On Sunday (03Jul16), Nick posted a shot of their performance on Instagram, writing, "Orlando you were incredible last night. Thank you @andradaymusic for helping DEMI and I honor the victims of the terrible acts of violence recently. #riseup."
Demi previously shared her sorrow over the devastating shooting, tweeting: "There are no words for how upset I’ve been since Orlando. I cry for the victims, ache for the families, and have immense admiration for the LGBTQ community and their resolve in absorbing this horror and uniting with strength and fearlessness. Stay strong. We stand with you.
"We hurt. We mourn. We argue. We settle. We need to stop the cycle."