Demi Lovato’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards was reportedly censored when shown on NBC, with the star hitting back at criticism of the new track.
In her song Commander In Chief, the music star takes aim at Donald Trump, accusing him of ‘lining his pockets’ while the US is in a ‘state of crisis’.
During her performance of the track at the BBMAs, she made the political message clear as she belted it out in front of a huge sign that read: ‘VOTE.’
However, some viewers have claimed that the performance was ‘censored’ when shown on NBC, with the broadcaster showing a close-up of the 28-year-old at her piano rather than a wider view that included the sign.
Sources told TMZ that it was a decision made due to the song being about Donald Trump, and claim that the ‘VOTE’ message was a call to vote against him.
Fans were left fuming about the ‘censorship’, with one writing: ‘Demi Lovato was censored by NBC at the end of her performance #CommanderInChief.’
Another added: ‘Demi lovato had the courage that many artists don’t have, she criticized one of the biggest political leaders through music, art. an song that show us that our voice matters but NBC decided to censored the “VOTE” message that she had put on the end of her performance. why @nbc? [sic]’
Sorry Not Sorry hitmaker Demi, who has encouraged fans to vote in the past, performed her song at the awards after sharing a powerful music video.
The singer wrote in the caption: ‘I’m urging you to look out for one another, to support your loved ones, your neighbors, & those you may not have met yet in your community.’
And she wasn’t afraid to stand her ground, responding to one follower who said they feel like they can’t listen to Demi’s music anymore because they have different political views to her.
She responded: ‘Music is art. Art is expression meant to create conversation.
‘We are heading into the most important election of our lives. This song isn’t about division. This is about finding answers from our sitting president.
‘So please, debate, and talk about voting. That’s what this is all about.’
Demi’s new song, released ahead of the US presidential election in November, includes lyrics such as: ‘Commander in Chief, honestly/If I did the things you do, I couldn’t sleep.’
She continues: ‘Seriously, do you even know the truth?/We’re in a state of crisis, people are dying/While you line your pockets deep.’
The performance comes after she split from her ex Max Ehrich, with the star recently leaking her own song Still Have Me.
Metro.co.uk has contacted NBC for comment.
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