Demi Lovato gave the world television premiere of her new song “Commander In Chief” at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
The pop star brought a powerful message of social justice and unity with her performance on Wednesday (Oct. 14) evening.
Lovato sends a direct message to Donald Trump asking questions within the song, “Were you ever taught when you were young / If you mess with things selfishly, they’re bound to come undone? / I’m not the only one that’s been affected and resented every story you’ve spun.”
“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 questions,” Lovato told CNN. “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.”
“Commander In Chief” was produced by FINNEAS and co-written by Lovato alongside Julia Michaels, FINNEAS, Justin Tranter and Eren Cannata.
Lovato released the politically charged new song just one day prior to the awards show. The music video released to accompany the track celebrates unity showcasing Americans of all races, nationalities and ages coming together as One Nation united ahead of the Nov. 3 Presidential election.
“Commander in Chief” follows Lovato’s “Still Have Me” and her Marshmello collaboration for the mental health awareness single “OK Not To Be OK.”
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards also featured performances from Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Garth Brooks, Post Malone, BTS, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Doja Cat, Sia and more. The Billboard Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions. Amy Thurlow, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Linda Gierahn, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers.
Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the star-studded event aired on Wednesday, October 14 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on NBC.
The 2020 Billboard Music Awards were originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 29, but were forced to be postponed due to the ongoing pandemic.