Carly Rae Jepsen Cuts Through Grim Weekend With Inspiriting L.A. Pride Set
Rather than submit to grimness surrounding a hate crime early Sunday morning (June 12), in which 49 people were killed at a popular Orlando gay club, Carly Rae Jepsen sought to keep love and hope alive.
The "Run Away With Me" singer, a featured performer at 2016's Los Angeles Pride festival, was as bright and ebullient as her gold jumpsuit during a set Sunday (June 12) at West Hollywood Park. Between sets by Big Freedia, Bebe Rexha, Faith Evans and more, Jepsen performed a medley of her hits including "Run Away With Me" and "Call Me Maybe" that kept a packed ground dancing and singing along.
"[It's] hard to know what to say...so let’s party!" Jepsen insisted to her many fans, according to Yahoo!.
For most of the crowd, which was still reeling from the weekend's tragedies, the songs were a welcome hit of joy.
On Saturday, in what has since been classified as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, a 29-year-old gunman entered Orlando nightclub Pulse, where he remained for three hours, according to The New York Times. Likely motivated by homophobia, he killed 49 people and injured more than 50 before police killed him in a firefight.
"In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another," President Barack Obama addressed the nation following the attack.
Watch moments from Jepsen's set above, and tell us what you think of her show.
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