Madonna speaks on stage at the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event on December 9, 2016 in New York City Source: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine

Watch: Tearful Madonna Pays Emotional Tribute to Pulse Nightclub Victims, Survivors During Concert

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Madonna was moved to tears as she invited concertgoers to raise their phones and shed some light into the darkness of homophobic violence during her April 9 concert in Miami, Florida.

She "paused" the show "to honor the 49 victims of the 2016 mass shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub," Variety reported, after having "invited survivors and victim's families to the 'Celebration' tour stop, delivering an impassioned speech in remembrance," the writeup detailed.

"[R]eaffirming that she would 'always stand for the gays' because 'the gays have always stood for me,'" Madge pointed out the extraordinary cruelty of the gunman who took 49 lives at the venue on the night of June 12, 2016.

"People [were] getting together to dance in a club that was inclusive and full of love," the global pop icon noted. "It was Latin Night, people were dancing to Latin music, and some motherfucker came in there with two guns and started shooting at people."

The singer's solution – at least for that moment – to the darkness of bias-driven hatred was to call on the crowd to raise their phones with lit-up screens shining, Entertainment Weekly narrated.

"Light up this room, so we are all reminded that their lives were not taken in vain," Madonna urged. "And that we are reminded that every one of us has the ability to shine our own light on each other and share it with the world, share it with our friends, share it with our families, share it with our loved ones, share it with the people we don't understand, share it with the people we think are our enemies because at the end of the day, we don't have any fucking enemies!"

The Material Girl offered the thought that murderous attacks like the one that unfolded on that summer night in Orlando are largely rooted in judgmental attitudes.

"When are we gonna learn?" the Queen of Pop lamented, going on to decry how "we all judge each other."

"We think we're so elevated," Madonna went on to say. "We think we've seen it all. We've done it all, but even I speak evil tongue about people. Even I judge."

Calling the mass shooting "the biggest terrorist attack on America after 9/11," Madonna "also took a moment to point out the survivors and family members in the crowd," Variety detailed.

"I'm very emotional about this," the "Like a Prayer" singer told the crowd, Variety relayed. "I make dance music. My job is to bring people together, to make people dance, to make people happy, to not judge."

"This shit is not supposed to happen," Madonna added. "Don't forget about it."

Watch Madonna's emotional address below.

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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