Demi Lovato was reportedly censored during her performance at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
The 28-year-old singer delivered a performance of her powerful new ballad 'Commander In Chief' - which is directly aimed at US President Donald Trump - but it appears an edited version was aired on NBC on Wednesday (10.14.20).
As reported by TMZ, footage of the performance - "the way she wanted it to air and it was originally recorded" - featured the word "VOTE" displayed at the back of the stage.
It's said the network axed the final message because the track itself is heavily critical of Trump, and the display was a call for people to vote against him.
Demi decided to pen the track instead of writing a letter to the world leader to call him out on the way he has dealt with racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the presidential election on November 3.
She recently explained: "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 question.
"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 everyone and not just me."
And the 'Sorry Not Sorry' hitmaker insisted whether you are politically outspoken or not, someone will always be "unhappy", but she’s vowed to always use her platform to speak out on injustice in the world.
She said: "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."
This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.
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