So touching! Ne-Yo delivered a mind-blowing performance of ‘What’s Going on’ at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards after a group of teens — including Alton Sterling’s son — who have lost relatives to tragic gun violence took to the stage to share their stories of tragic heartbreak and tragedy. Keep reading for their courageous stories.
We were promised by show organizers that Ne-Yo, 36, would, “deliver a timely and powerful performance not to be missed,” and they weren’t kidding! The soulster took the stage after Jessica Alba, 35, appeared with young relatives of victims of gun violence. Those included the brother of a victim from the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, the sister of a victim of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting that left 49 young people dead, as well as several girls who survived the tragedy. Even Alton Sterling‘s son, whose father was killed by Baton Rouge, LA Police shared the stage to call for an end to the violence.
Ne-Yo sang the classic Marvin Gaye hit “What’s Going On” which comes as such a poignant moment and was meant to uplift and make the audience question what’s going on, and remind us of how “only love can conquer hate,” as the lyrics tell us. He wore a red knit cap and a pair of glasses to sing the meaningful tribute and got a huge standing ovation from the audience.
He was then joined by Jessica and the group of courageous teens as Jess told us, “These teens had the victims the courage to come here and share their stories and take a stand,” before she became so overcome with emotion. Ne-Yo took over the mic to tell the audience, “We need to come together as one. We feel we have to better.” They then challenged the audience to, “Stand up and take up you phones and take a picture of all of these courageous teens here asking for the violence to stop them post with the hashtag “stop the violence,” with the hopes of getting the touching moment to trend.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Ne-Yo’s uplifting performance at the Teen Choice Awards? What about the courageous teens who shared their stories of loss?