‘You’re a shining instance to younger folks the world over,’ Elton John mentioned of JoJo Siwa
iHeartMedia celebrated the second annual ‘Can’t Cancel Pride’ digital profit final evening, and it was star-studded and action-packed. There have been inspiring phrases and performances from Dolly Parton, Demi Lovato, Lil Nas X, Jennifer Hudson, Ricky Martin, Pete Buttigieg, P!NK, and plenty of others. The present was capped off by a particular look from none aside from Elton John, who launched JoJo Siwa and talked about what her popping out means for the neighborhood.
The present was a large celebration of affection, and the evening’s occasions was hosted by Elvis Duran and Bebe Rexha. Elton welcomed Siwa to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood in direction of the tip of the present (at concerning the hour mark), introducing her earlier than she carried out a particular rendition of her tune “Boomerang.” He informed the world how proud he was about her popping out and all she, and others her age, will be capable of do for the world.
“JoJo,” John began. “I want to congratulate you for sharing yourself with the world by coming out this year. I’m overjoyed that you’ve joined our beautiful community. At 17, you’re able to do something that took people of my generation decades to do. Not only are you living your truth, you’re a shining example to young people the world over.”
Other notable messages from the evening included Demi Lovato, who informed viewers at residence, “As a queer person, it is very important to me to stand with Black Lives Matter, Black-Trans Lives Matter, Stop AAPI Hate, and other groups that speak truth to power.”
Later within the present, Leslie Odom Jr. carried out a haunting rendition of “Without You” throughout a particular candlelight efficiency to recollect the five-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub bloodbath.
Lil Nas X was additionally on the present, telling followers, “We’re going to keep opening doors for each other” — and that’s what folks like Siwa will be capable of do for generations. It’s one thing Elton John has executed for hundreds of thousands.
Siwa has been an enormous fan of Elton’s and posted an cute image of the 2 on Instagram earlier this 12 months.
“Not only did I get to see the legendary Elton John perform, but the Rocket Man himself invited me into his dressing room after the show to hang out with him!” Siwa wrote on Instagram. “I talked to Elton and his husband for literally over 30 minutes, it was incredible! I have never been so inspired by talking to someone! Thank you for being a inspiration for me and millions of others. Elton, you are incredible.”
“You’re a shining example to young people the world over and their families that love is love,” Elton mentioned of Siwa earlier than she carried out. “People are people, and that is that.”