Ariana Grande Collaborates on Song For Sterling, Castile + Dallas Officers
Back in June, R&B singer-songwriter Victoria Monet released "Better Days," a song dedicated to the 49 people killed at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. On Saturday (July 9), the artist re-released the track in tribute to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five police officers shot dead in Dallas last week, this time with a special guest on vocals: Ariana Grande.
"How we gonna stop the violence, stop the hurting / Stop the hatred, stop the murders?" Grande croons on the gorgeous mid-tempo tune in a plea for peace. "We’re all human, that’s for certain / Come together, we deserve it / What kind of life will our babies have / If we don't change up and make it last?"
The collaboration was announced on the Dangerous Woman's Instagram account on Saturday, where she shared a powerful statement.
"During this challenging time, we have to remember that the only way we will progress is if the overruling force is #Love," Grande wrote.
"Music is a universal language that all of us can feel regardless of color lines, gender, sexuality, age, race, religion…. it unifies us," she added. "We believe we can not fight hate with hate, only love. Just as we can not fight darkness with more darkness. Only Light. Too many precious lives were taken from us this week, this month, this year. Rest in peace #AltonSterling. Rest in peace #PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter. And the police that were peacefully guarding the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Dallas…. Rest in peace. #LorneAhrens, #MichaelKrol, #MichaelJSmith, #BrentThompson & #PatrickZamarripa. Stay strong and know that better days are coming."
On Soundcloud, Monet shared her own message of sadness and hope, writing, "I’m heartbroken by all of the recent tragedies the came as a result of hatred, racism and injustice. [I’m] also sad at how numb some of us are to it, because it is far too common! This is not a video game or a movie you’re witnessing on your screens! This is our unfortunate REALITY! When I think about how I feel, the word confused comes to mind…So today we just want to try and help in one of the ways we know how!"
Listen to "Better Days," below:
The two performers join artists like Britney Spears, Troye Sivan, Selena Gomez, Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more artists who have released tribute songs this past week for the tragedies that took place in June and July.
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