Actress Jessica Alba was brought to tears while appearing alongside singer Ne-Yo for a very touching and emotional tribute to victims of gun violence during the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
The Teen Choice Awards isn’t just about surfboards and crowd-pleasing performances, and tonight’s moving tribute to victims of recent gun violence proves that. At the awards tonight, Jessica Alba and Ne-Yo joined a group of brave teenagers on the stage to discuss the very real issue of gun violence that our country is currently facing.
The teens onstage had all been affected by recent acts of gun violence. Some lost relatives in the Sandy Hook shooting, while others lost family members in the San Bernardino attack earlier this year. Three siblings lost their brother in the Pulse Nightclub attack in Orlando this past June. Cameron Sterling, whose father, Alton was shot by police in Baton Rouge this month, was also among the teens onstage.
Jessica Alba introduced each of them, explaining his or her connection to gun violence. She then said, “Tonight, we stand together with these teens…. Now, more than ever, we need to stop, heal, and ask, ‘What’s going on?’” The speech served as an introduction to Ne-Yo’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” While he sang, images of the victims of gun violence flashed behind him onstage in what was an extremely emotional and moving performance.
After the song, Jessica took the stage again with the teens and Ne-Yo, who said, “We need to come together as one.” Then, both hosts urged audience members to take out their phones.
“Take a picture of all of these courageous teens standing here asking for the violence to stop,” Jessica instructed. “Then post with the hashtag, #StopTheViolence.” Twitter is responding accordingly.
It’s clear that Jessica and Ne-Yo’s message, plus the message of these brave teens, has resonated with so many people.