Cuban American pop star Camila Cabello used her performance opening the Billboard Music Awards to call for freedom in Cuba and shouted “Patria y Vida” to a cheering audience.
Global pop star Camilla Cabello — wearing a glitzy black outfit with matching elbow-length gloves — kicked off the star-studded evening with a live and impassioned performance of her latest hit, “Don’t Go Yet,” which hit the top 50 on the Hot 100.
Even more vital, though, was that Cabello (who is managed by Roger Gold and signed to Epic Records) used the opportunity to deliver a message. After calling for an end to tyranny in Cuba, the artist punched one fist in the air as she shouted “patria y vida.” The phrase translates to “country and life,” a new take on Cuba’s official slogan of “country or death.”
Here’s a clip from Camila’s performance: