Demi Lovato sang her unapologetic call-out of US president Donald Trump for the first time on Wednesday night at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Advertisement
While the 28-year-old singer put on a moving performance of her politically charged anthem, Commander In Chief, one of her messages was censored by NBC.
In footage, obtained by TMZ, the Grammy nominee closed her performance with the word ‘VOTE’ appearing behind her piano, unlike the close-up of her, which aired on TV and official online clips.
During the performance, she wore a blue blazer and vocalized her disdain for the country’s current administration, just weeks ahead of the presidential election.
‘Commander in Chief, honestly / If I did the things you do / I couldn’t sleep, seriously/ Do you even know the truth?’ the hitmaker sang.
Fans of the star blasted the network on Twitter for suppressing her message to vote, and choosing to zoom in ‘only on her face’ during Lovato’s final moments on stage.
Lovato’s message was reportedly cut, according to the outlet, because her scathing lyrics in combination with the words ‘VOTE’ would have been a call to cast a ballot against Trump.
‘Demi Lovato had the courage that many artists don’t have, she criticized one of the biggest political leaders through music,’ one Twitter user wrote. ‘But, NBC decided to censored the ‘VOTE’ message that she had put on the end of her performance. Why @nbc?’
Others pointed out her performance was also left out of the many suggested clips on NBC’s Twitter to ‘relive’ from the evening.
Lovato announced the release of Commander In Chief with a stark black-and-white selfie on her Instagram on Tuesday, in which she wore a face mask with the word VOTE.
In the caption, she included some of the track’s lyrics, while also taking the opportunity to make a call to action to her fans and followers to go out and vote.
‘Won’t give up, stand our ground… We’ll be in the streets while you’re #CommanderInChief. Video dropping tomorrow,’ she wrote.
‘I’m calling on all of you, please join me in voting for this years election. Find your voter information at iwillvote.com‘ Demi concluded.
After her Billboard Music Awards, she revealed plans to release a music video, which she first teased on her Instagram Stories – with a collection of diverse actors lip synching the powerful lyrics