Demi Lovato played a new political anthem, “Commander-In-Chief,” at the Billboard Music Awards aired Wednesday night.

The anti-Donald Trump song was almost as polarizing as the president himself, and though the song charted at #1 on US iTunes, Lovato received messages from listeners disavowing her and wishing her death.

Nonetheless, the popular song received international acclaim, and many fans thanked her for using her voice.

Because the song was already so political, to avoid additional controversy NBC removed the word “VOTE” Lovato displayed during her performance, but later seemed to backtrack by posting a photo to Twitter with the word clearly displayed.

Videos of the performance from NBC’s airing show a black background, but several photos feature the bright white message that was intended to display.

On Instagram, Lovato addressed the hate through a post to her story.

“I literally don’t care if this ruins my career,” Lovato wrote. “This isn’t about that. My career isn’t about that. I made a piece of art that stands for something I believe in. And I’m putting it out even at the risk of losing fans. I’ll take integrity in my work over sales any day.”

Lovato pointed out to fans angry about her strong political stance that she, too, is an American citizen, and has the right to voice her political opinions.

“As much as I would like to be sad that I disappointed you, I’m too busy being bummed that you expect me, a queen Hispanic woman, to silence my views/beliefs,” she said.

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