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Demi Lovato brings Danica Roem, history-making transgender candidate, to the AMAs

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Danica Roem (left) and Demi Lovato (right) at the AMAs.

Demi Lovato is “Sorry Not Sorry” for bringing a tinge of politics to the red carpet of the American Music Awards.

The pop superstar brought Virginia Delegate-elect Danica Roem as her plus-one to the awards show Sunday night. Roem made history this month as the first openly transgender candidate elected to any state legislature in the country.

“I heard her story and I think what Danica has done is just completely inspirational,” Lovato said in an interview on the red carpet, “and she’s a trailblazer.”

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Roem, in turn, said Lovato has been “able to give a lot of voice to people who need a champion, who need someone to basically say on a national stage what they’re feeling.”

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The “Confident” singer said her performance Sunday night centered around bullying, which is why Roem’s appearance was fitting. Roem made inclusiveness one of the cornerstones of her campaign, defeating the controversial Republican lawmaker who authored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use.

During the awards show, the duo sat next to each other in the audience at the beginning of Lovato’s performance of “Sorry Not Sorry,” while tweets with insults like “piece of trash” and “fat rat” flashed across the screen. Lovato then walked to the stage to perform the rest of her high-energy hit single.

Lovato herself is considered a member of the LGBTQ community, alluding in interviews and a recent documentary that she is open to dating both men and women.

J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.