The 25-year-old star arrived at the award show with none other than transgender lawmaker, Danica Roem. Roem made history earlier this month when she became the first openly transgender woman to be elected to any state house. Inspired by her story, Lovato decided to bring Roem to the award show.
“We connected because I heard her story. She is actually the first out and seated transgender state legislator in American history, and when I heard that, I was just completely inspired by it,” the former Disney Channel star told E! News. “I wanted to have her in the audience with me tonight because I feel like we have been through some of the same things and now we get to share this experience together.”
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis was excited to see these two inspirational women come together. "Danica Roem is a trailblazer whose win in Virginia showcased both how young people and marginalized communities can impact voting results and how every American deserves an opportunity to work hard and achieve their dreams. Demi Lovato continues her legacy of raising the bar for entertaining audiences around the world and for spotlighting social issues that need the most attention," she said.
Lovato rocked the stage during the AMAs with her haters anthem, "Sorry Not Sorry." The performance started with a series of mean tweets from "I hate you" to calling the singer "fat," which led the Mexican-American star to share this thoughtful message with the audience: 'There’s so much hate in this world. We have to rise above. And never say sorry.'