Nick Jonas is reaching out to let those affected by the Orlando shooting know their tragedy has not been forgotten. The singer won the iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year at the Canadian music ceremony on Sunday night and he took time from his moment of celebration address those who were killed.
He dedicated the prize to the 49 people who were killed in the massacre in gay nightclub Pulse in Florida on June 16th during his acceptance speech.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks - a lot of hate and violence in the world - but it’s moments like this where we can all come together and celebrate the good times and be full of joy and happiness,” he said. “It’s a beautiful thing so thank you for this… I dedicate this to all the families and victims of the shootings recently. We love you and we have not forgotten.”
The former Jonas Brother also thanked his Under You video co-star, Pretty Little Liars actressShay Mitchell, in his speech, and performed the single on the show.
Nick later took to Twitter to celebrate his win, and the chart position of his latest album Last Year Was Complicated, which debuted on the Billboard Hot 200 at number two.
“Oh my god! I just won international artist of the year at the #MMVAs what an incredible day! Thank you thank thank you thank you!… What a day.. #1 selling record in the US (sic)… International artist of the year at the #MMVAs full of gratitude. Everything is f**king AWEOSME (sic).”
Drake emerged the big winner of the annual show, which was held in his native Toronto, and scored five prizes, including Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video, and Best Director for Director X for his track Hotline Bling.