'You carved out a space for me': Dove Cameron dedicates AMAs win to queer community amid Club Q massacre
'I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is, and how important our community is,' Cameron said
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Club Q massacre victims were remembered during the 2022 American Music Awards, which was held in Los Angeles, California. Dove Cameron dedicated her win to the LGBTQ+ community after the tragic massacre that left five people dead and 25 injured in the LGBTQ+ nightclub on Sunday night when she received the New Artist of the Year award.
"I want to start by saying that every award that I ever win will always be first and foremost dedicated to the queer community at large. You guys have carved out such a space for me to be myself and to write music about it, and I've never felt safer or more loved and more supported, and I hope I can give you some semblance of that same feeling in my music," Cameron, whose breakout hit 'Boyfriend' introduced a gay anthem to top 40 radio this year, addressed the AMAs audience from the stage. "On the heels of the tragedy that happened at Club Q in Colorado Springs, I want to remind everyone how important queer visibility is, and how important our community is."
Cameron continued, "And I want to direct your attention to organizations like GLAAD and The Trevor Project for what you can do right now. I want to remind you that you are made absolutely right, and you are so loved and so held, and I want to thank you for supporting me. Thank you for holding the space – I'm holding it for you too." In an interview with Variety, she reiterated, “Queer visibility is more important than ever…it’s in a permanent state of importance.”
Countless people commented on Cameron's AMA victory, with one writing, "Deserved and what a lovely speech; 'you were made absolutely right' 🥺." A second person wrote, "Thank you from the LGBTQ community. Thank you for that speech. I'm sure you touched many lives ❤️👏."
Deserved and what a lovely speech; “you were made absolutely right” 🥺🏻— Missie Mei (@MissyMee283) November 21, 2022
Thank you from the LGBTQ community— T 😷🦖🇺🇦 (@corkedvirginia) November 21, 2022
Thank you for that speech. I’m sure you touched many lives ❤️👏
Another person appreciating Cameron's performance and speech wrote, "I'll say this: @DoveCameron's performance for 'Boyfriend' and acceptance speech for New Artist of the Year were *the* highlights of the #AMAs. Nothing else came close."
Cameron's first AMA win was given in the new artist of the year category. Earlier this year, 'Boyfriend' peaked at No 16 on the Hot 100 chart. All day Sunday, the music industry responded to the Club Q hate crime, with artists including Kacey Musgraves, FINNEAS, and Adam Lambert expressing their sympathy to the victims.
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