Shawn Mendes performs tribute to gun violence victims at BBMAs

Shawn Mendes honored young gun violence victims in a very special way at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20. The singer-songwriter performed his new single “Youth” with Khalid and members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School choir.

Mendes, 19, wrote the powerful track, which will be featured on his upcoming self-titled third album, in the wake of the 2017 terror attacks at the Manchester Arena and on the London Bridge. It took on a new meaning when it was officially released on May 3, two months after a former Stoneman Douglas student killed 17 people at the school in Parkland, Florida. A separate shooting left 10 dead at Santa Fe High School in Texas just two days before the BMMAs were held.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Khalid (L) and Shawn Mendes perform onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: (L-R) Recording artists Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello attend the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/BBMA18/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally enhanced.) Recording artist Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Shawn Mendes (L) and Khalid (top, 3rd R) pose with youth performers onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Khalid (L) and Shawn Mendes perform onstage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: (L-R) Khalid and Shawn Mendes perfrom onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Shawn Mendes (L) and Taylor Swift during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Shawn Mendes attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Shawn Mendes performs during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/BBMA18/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artists Shawn Mendes (L) and Taylor Swift during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: (L-R) Recording artists Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello attend the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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“Waking up to headlines, filled with devastation again / My heart is broken, but I keep going,” Mendes and Khalid, 20, crooned on stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Later in the emotional number, the pair were joined by the Stoneman Douglas choir, which sang the defiant lyrics: “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.”

Mendes, who performed his single “In My Blood” earlier in Sunday’s awards ceremony, was nominated this year for Top Social Artist, but the award went to the South Korean boy band BTS. Khalid, meanwhile, is up for five awards. He already won Top New Artist.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Hailey Baldwin attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
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